Smith discusses some early justifications of slavery and how they repudiated natural rights.
Bacon’s Rebellion was a bizarre and violent event with few truly heroic figures on either side.
The Constitution stipulates that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Religious toleration took different paths in different parts of colonial America.
Thomas Jefferson’s ideas on religious freedom were heavily influenced by John Locke.
Reiger begins a series discussing the Founders’ approach to Islam and religious freedom.
Nature dissolves all human social constructions and class boundaries.
An overview of the state of the world around 1400.
Natural rights underdetermine a society’s legal institutions and leave the door open for a much larger state than minarchists or anarchists want.
Smith discusses Gerrit Smith’s arguments for prohibition and the reply by Lysander Spooner, as published in a book by Dio Lewis, Prohibition: A Failure.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
An economist and historian discuss the strengths and weaknesses libertarians tend to exhibit when communicating with new audiences and dealing with new ideas.
Malthus was wrong.
The greatest evils are typically perpetrated by ideologues committed to false conceptions of the good.
McElroy’s book ignores important sources that would undermine her views.
“The whole affair was a web of iniquity, but the subject of this wrong was a woman, & a weak, colored woman, & therefore contemptible.”
It shouldn’t need to be said, but the Confederacy didn’t stand for opposing federal overreach or eliminating handouts to big business—it stood for slavery.
Paterson’s prose is a joy to read, and her insights into human freedom have enduring relevance, writes Presley.