Stephen Davies traces the history of slavery, from common ancient practices to today’s world, where slavery is legally abolished everywhere.
John Brown was a dedicated leader of the American abolitionist movement, often known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.
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.
Melville’s short story echoes his generation of artists’ widespread fears for America’s future. Without sufficient individual virtue, could polite society survive?
In our final portion from “Bartleby,” we probe Melville’s relationship to Young America and Bartleby’s relationship to our modern world.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
In our final portion from Jackson’s veto message, the president denies the Court’s authority to constrain his will and affirms states’ rights to monopoly banking.
Jackson’s message looms large in the libertarian memory of early American history, but how often do we stop to interrogate his motivations?
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.
“There are no ‘Liberators’ to-day, and the William Lloyd Garrisons have nearly all of them gone the way of all the world.”
Literature of Liberty’s attempt to produce a full bibliography of works by, about, and relevant to Friedrich Hayek.
“Interviews with [high schoolers] indicate that the Pink Floyd song has struck a chord of anger and frustration with which many students strongly identify.”
“Only one serious, major candidate for President in this election year…is also unequivocally in favor of total marijuana decriminalization.”
“If you’re known as a radical, it’s not long before you don’t have much influence any more.”
“The European war became a global conflict by drawing in the Western Hemisphere and extending connections into the Pacific.”
The great John Hospers surveys the most productive century in the history of ethics as a field of study.