George Orwell

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.


Orwell, George (1903-1950)

by David Ramsay Steele on Aug 15, 2008

A well-known novelist and essayist, George Orwell’s social criticisms against totalitarianism still remain relevant today.

Free Thoughts

Why is Populism So Popular? (with Tom Palmer)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Tom G. Palmer, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 12, 2019

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. 

Free Thoughts

The Synthesis of Rights and Consequences

featuring Tom G. Palmer, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Feb 10, 2014

We discuss the two most common philosophical justifications for libertarianism: consequentialism and rights-based theories.



by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

Pornography is an issue that raises questions about sexuality and feminism, but also about censorship and whether government can regulate entertainment.


Some Thoughts about Writing Essays

by George H. Smith on Aug 4, 2017

With his 250th essay, Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to offer some reflections on writing essays.


The Politics of Modernism

by David S. D’Amato on Aug 13, 2015

We can best understand modern America by looking at the ways fascism and socialism are kin.


Italian Fascism in Maturity

by David S. D’Amato on Jan 14, 2016

D’Amato discusses the rule of the Fascist Party in Italy and draws parallels to American politics.


Radosh, “Prophets on the Right”

by James Martin on Aug 1, 1975

“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.”



by Timothy Sandefur on Aug 15, 2008

Constitutionalism binds the government to a pre-decided set of rules and is favored as a form of limiting government expansion.


Challenging Ideal Theory

by David S. D’Amato on Apr 20, 2018

“Ideal theory” political philosophy, like that of Rawls, glosses over the core problems with social democracy and other forms of statism.