Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
The story of the American Revolution’s prelude continues with the emergence of Committees of Correspondence among the colonists.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?
Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Mchangama argues for the necessity of the right to own not just personal property, but all property, including the means of production.
One of the leading economists of the last century, James M. Buchanan was one of the founders of the public choice theory of economics.
Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.
Libertarians support competition-based private planning of urban areas, rather than solutions that hinge on the government controlling property.
The dangers of war make it necessary to prevent hasty entry to war. It should be worrying, therefore, that controls on executive war-making have waned.