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John Locke: Hermeneutics and Labor

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 11, 2018

George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.

Liberty Chronicles

The Clambakarians

featuring Anthony Comegna on Apr 10, 2018

In July 1842, Rhode Island had two state governments. The rest of New England watched, wondering if they would spill into a civil war.

Free Thoughts

WTF?! Economics (with Peter T. Leeson)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Peter T. Leeson on Apr 6, 2018

Peter T. Leeson joins us to talk about his new book WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird.

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The Rise of Modern States

by Condorcet in 1795

For our author, the print revolution ushered in both an unstoppable flood of progress and the massive, abosolute, bureaucratic central state.

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Modernizing Philosophy

by Condorcet in 1795

Whether rationalists or empiricists, the first modern philosophers gave us all good reasons to doubt the dictates of either kings or priests.

Liberty Chronicles

Civil War in New England!

featuring Anthony Comegna on Apr 3, 2018

On May 19, 1842, Thomas W. Dorr dressed up like Napoleon and ordered his makeshift little army to storm the Providence state arsenal.

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The Print Revolution

by Condorcet in 1795

No mere whig historian, Condorcet recognized that alongside wonderful, liberty-maximizing inventions like printing came modern states and global slavery.

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A(nother) Neglected Anniversary

by Anthony Comegna on Apr 1, 2018

Though historians refuse to recognize his accomplishment, H. L. Mencken invented an entire historical genre and method.

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Defenses of the Right of Secession

by George H. Smith on Mar 30, 2018

Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.

Free Thoughts

Understanding Common Law (with John Hasnas)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and John Hasnas on Mar 30, 2018

John Hasnas joins us this week to discuss the evolutionary process of common law.