A well-known novelist and essayist, George Orwell’s social criticisms against totalitarianism still remain relevant today.
George Orwell was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, English novelist and journalist. He is best know for his works Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Homage to Catalonia.
Tom Palmer comes back to the show to address the rise of authoritarian populism and what it means for the state of politics in the U.S.
The Road to Serfdom arrived in the spotlight just as public opinion was turning against the New Deal.
We discuss the two most common philosophical justifications for libertarianism: consequentialism and rights-based theories.
Pornography is an issue that raises questions about sexuality and feminism, but also about censorship and whether government can regulate entertainment.
With his 250th essay, Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to offer some reflections on writing essays.
We can best understand modern America by looking at the ways fascism and socialism are kin.
D’Amato discusses the rule of the Fascist Party in Italy and draws parallels to American politics.
“This is as fair, sober, and measured an evaluation…of Beard, Villard, Flynn, Robert A.Taft (Senior), and Lawrence Dennis, as one is likely to see.”
Nationalism is a simple and relativist political ideology that holds tremendous sway with millions of voters and many governments.
America may be increasingly polarized—but the split is cultural, not ideological.
Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War looks at political events without romance.
Hentoff decrys that the growing lack of understanding among Americans with regards to the First Amendment leads to the abuse of rights.
Constitutionalism binds the government to a pre-decided set of rules and is favored as a form of limiting government expansion.
“Ideal theory” political philosophy, like that of Rawls, glosses over the core problems with social democracy and other forms of statism.
Friedrich A. Hayek was a Nobel Laureate economist. He contributed to our understanding of free market economies and free societies generally.
Ayn Rand was one of the three “founding mothers” of modern libertarianism. She is best known as the author of Atlas Shrugged and other novels.