“Ideal theory” political philosophy, like that of Rawls, glosses over the core problems with social democracy and other forms of statism.
Eamonn Butler joins us to discuss his new book Ayn Rand: An Introduction.
George H. Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory.
When it comes to state and corporate power, the difference is one in kind, not of degree.
David M. Hart joins us to discuss his latest book, Social Class and State Power.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
Keith E. Whittington joins us to discuss his book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech.
For many women, resisting oppression meant turning a critical eye toward religious authorities.
Dale considers how two political thinkers engage with some concrete policy questions, informed by scientific findings but applying Hume’s Guillotine.
George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
In July 1842, Rhode Island had two state governments. The rest of New England watched, wondering if they would spill into a civil war.
Peter T. Leeson joins us to talk about his new book WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.
Government employees are insulated from having to take any responsibility for even very serious wrongdoing.
On May 19, 1842, Thomas W. Dorr dressed up like Napoleon and ordered his makeshift little army to storm the Providence state arsenal.
Though historians refuse to recognize his accomplishment, H. L. Mencken invented an entire historical genre and method.
Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.
John Hasnas joins us this week to discuss the evolutionary process of common law.