Godwin takes a linguistic turn to discuss the ethical implications “Of Frankness and Reserve” in our speech and interpersonal dealings.
Godwin recognizes the “obviousness” of voting and representation in the modern era, but carefully notes that democracy is no solution to the problem of coercion.
Godwin casts himself—and the ideal social reform advocate—as a constant missionary for reason, truth, and justice.
Advancing his own sort of self-esteem theory, Godwin concludes that healthy societies require healthy individuals who love and respect themselves.
Godwin investigates the convincing truths and falsehoods behind one of modernity’s more pernicious pseudosciences: phrenology.
Godwin embraces Enlightenment skepticism and chastises modern astronomers for pretending to be a new oracular class.
Godwin argues that philosophers and scientists should discover themselves and their own immediate world before casting about the galaxy.
Our author holds that individuals are universes-in-themselves, and social interactions allow for truly cosmic exchanges of intelligence and emotion.
For his concluding essay, Godwin argues that humanity’s full potential will be reached by a right-thinking, right-doing “remnant.”
Jackson’s message looms large in the libertarian memory of early American history, but how often do we stop to interrogate his motivations?
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.
William Lloyd Garrison argues that slavery was a direct violation of each person’s ownership of himself.
“If we would know man in all his subtleties, we must deviate into the world of miracles and sorcery…It is here that man is most astonishing.”
“We spurn impatiently against the narrow limits…fixed to our aspirings, and endeavour by a multiplicity of ways to accomplish [what is] beyond the power of man.”
“There is something particularly soothing to the fancy of an erratic mind…of being conversant with a race of beings…which is unperceived by ordinary mortals.”
“The obscurity of the oracles was of inexpressible service to the cause of superstition.”
“Numa met the goddess Egeria from time to time in a cave; and by her was instructed in the institutions he should give to the Romans.”
Lives of the Necromancers, Part VI: Magic and Mysticism in the “East” from Zoroaster to the Arabian Nights
“Man is every where man, possessed of the same faculties, stimulated by the same passions…with similar hopes and fears, aspirations and alarms.”