Capitalism Makes Us Better People

by Will Wilkinson on May 1, 2009

Wilkinson responds to Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.


The New Deal Made Them “Right”

by Damon W. Root on Sep 1, 2009

Root tells the tale of several noted leftists of the ’20s who found themselves marked right-wing reactionaries in the wake of FDR’s New Deal.


The Right to Ignore the State

by Herbert Spencer in 1884

In this excerpt from *Social Statics*, Spencer makes a radical claim: that an individual may sever all connections with the state.


The Constitution of No Authority

by Lysander Spooner in 1867

Spooner argues in this radical essay that the Constitution, which he frames as a legal contract, is not binding.

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From Poverty to Prosperity

featuring Arnold Kling, Brink Lindsey, Nick Schulz, & Zanny Minton-Beddoes on Feb 4, 2010

Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz discuss their book From Poverty to Prosperity.


Government, War, and Libertarianism

by Justin Logan on May 1, 2008

Logan criticizes libertarian hawks, not only for supporting anti-libertarian policies, but also for promoting strategies which encourage terrorists.


How Prosperity Made Us More Libertarian

by Brink Lindsey on May 1, 2007

According to Lindsey, the true character of the American electorate is not a patchwork quilt of red and blue states, but rather an increasingly purplish centrism.


The Return of Big Government

by David Boaz on Jan 1, 2009

Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.


Are We Freer?

by David Boaz on Jul 1, 2007

Boaz combats the pessimistic view that our freedom is declining, arguing that, in many ways, we are more free.


The Joys of Freedom

by David Boaz on Jan 1, 2011

In response to the criticism that libertarians tend to be a somewhat pessimistic lot, Boaz explores the optimistic side of the growth of freedom.


Capitalism and Human Nature

by Will Wilkinson on Jan 1, 2005

In an attempt to understand what makes capitalism tend to work better than communism, Wilkinson turns to evolutionary psychology.


Rich is Beautiful

by Richard D. North on Nov 1, 2005

Affluence is not an evil to be belittled, but a good that the West is fortunate to have attained, and that is benefiting the rest of the world.


Ayn Rand at 100

by Brian Doherty on Mar 1, 2005

Doherty combines a short biography of the mother of Objectivism with an analysis of the intellectual impact of her published works.


Bourgeois Virtues?

by Deirdre McCloskey on May 18, 2006

McCloskey examines the dual myths of the innate virtues and the innate evil of capitalism.