“The insidious forces which produce inequality and destroy liberty are the subject of a large part of this volume.”
Our study begins with a frank discussion of slavery, its impact on American life, and the constitutionality question.
Smith discusses Birney’s eventual opposition to the American Colonization Society and why he embraced abolitionism instead.
The American welfare state is expensive, of limited efficacy, and crowds out better options for alleviating poverty.
The greatest evils are typically perpetrated by ideologues committed to false conceptions of the good.
James Madison was instrumental in creating the values behind the United States Constitution, both as one of its primary authors and in his own writings.
Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Founding father, scientist, businessman, diplomat—Franklin was America’s original “self-made man.”
Ingersoll tries to revive the Second Party System’s spirit of compromise—one marked by wilful ignorance of slavery, its horrors, and its legacy.
Edmund Burke condemned the French Revolution as a “digest of anarchy.” What relevance does his critique have for the modern libertarian movement?
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office.
“Should tyrants take it into their heads to emancipate any of you, remember that your freedom is your natural right…God will dash tyrants…into atoms.”
Riggenbach handles the mainstay and workhorse of modern fiction.
Palmer “went to New York…to set up a table for the Young Libertarian Alliance, hoping to find some sparks…that might be fanned into flames.” No dice.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?