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Three Kinds of Troublesome Northerners

by Charles Jared Ingersoll on Mar 24, 1862

Fearing for his country’s existence, Ingersoll chastises northern warmongers, their thoughtless voters, and reckless activists.

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Hospers, John (1918-2011)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.

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Constitutional Controversies

by George H. Smith on Sep 15, 2017

Smith discusses some major controversies provoked by the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

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The War on Tobacco (with Jacob Grier)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Jacob Grier on Nov 15, 2019

Jacob Grier joins the show today to talk with Trevor about the American war on tobacco.

Building Tomorrow

Devin Nunes Sues a Fictional Cow, His Mom, and Liz Mair

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, and Liz Mair on Apr 25, 2019

Liz Mair joins us to discuss Nunes, his cow, & how the lawsuit has created an internet backlash drawing more attention to parody accounts.

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MacBride, Roger Lea (1929-1995)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

With his electoral vote in 1972 and presidential campaign in 1976, Roger Lea MacBride expanded the influence of the Libertarian Party. 

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Pursuit of Happiness

by Hans Eicholz on Aug 15, 2008

The Declaration of Independence famously spoke of right to “the pursuit of happiness,” a phrase that has been questioned as to its extent and meaning.

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Radical Weirdness in the English Civil Wars

by Anthony Comegna and Caleb O. Brown on Jan 5, 2019

Caleb Brown interviews Anthony Comegna about the English Civil Wars and high weirdness in the primitive libertarian tradition.

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The Slave Trade and the Constitution

by George H. Smith on Sep 29, 2017

Smith explains some features of the slave trade and the constitutional provision that it would not be banned in America for at least 20 years.

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Genetics

by Matt Ridley on Aug 15, 2008

In light of the eugenics movement of the early-to-mid 20th century, genetics is often a dangerous topic in today’s scientific discourse.

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Madison Administration

by Kevin Gutzman on Jan 9, 2020

Madison gave no sign in his pre-presidential career that he would flourish in the chief magistracy, and he lived up to expectations.

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Slavery in the Constitutional Convention

by George H. Smith on Sep 22, 2017

Smith discusses some controversies over slavery during the framing of the Constitution, especially the three-fifths clause.