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Two Treatises of Government: Demoting Adam

by John Locke in 1689

To begin our series on the book that practically made modern political philosophy, we join Locke in demoting Adam from global dictator to mere father.

Excursions

Ayn Rand on Fascism

featuring George H. Smith on May 23, 2018

George H. Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism.

Liberty Chronicles

The Possession of Frances Whipple

featuring Anthony Comegna on May 22, 2018

Frances Whipple was almost your standard aristocrat, heir to an elite family name; but through a life of radical activism she helped transform America.

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The Baker Oration: A Hungry Idol

by Frances Whipple on Mar 5, 1862

Whipple ends her feat of mediumship by chastising her audience for holding up a mere piece of paper as an idol worthy of thoughtless devotion.

Excursions

John Locke: A Leveller Connection?

featuring George H. Smith on May 16, 2018

Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.

Liberty Chronicles

The Witch of Medbury Grove

featuring Anthony Comegna on May 15, 2018

 The course of world history itself depended on the outcome of the Dorr War and the actions of early libertarian women like Ann Parlin.

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The Liberty Party

by George H. Smith on May 14, 2018

Smith discusses some circumstances that led to the formation of the abolitionist Liberty Party in 1840.

Free Thoughts

Trade War! (with Dan Ikenson)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Daniel J. Ikenson, and Trevor Burrus on May 11, 2018

Dan Ikenson joins us to answer one important question: is the United States in a trade war?

columns

The State of the Gaps

by Jason Kuznicki on May 10, 2018

Kuznicki draws a parallel between the “God of the Gaps” fallacy and how some people justify the state.

columns

Code is Capital

by Kate Sills on May 9, 2018

New technologies might help integrate communities living under local, customary property law into the global economy.

Excursions

John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

featuring George H. Smith on May 9, 2018

George H. Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written and the influence of the Levellers on Locke.

Liberty Chronicles

Here Lies Republicanism, R.I.P. (with Trevor Burrus)

featuring Anthony Comegna and Trevor Burrus on May 8, 2018

We are celebrating Liberty Chronicles’ first anniversary with a special Free Thoughts/Liberty Chronicles crossover episode featuring Trevor Burrus.

columns

Slavery as Socialism

by George H. Smith on May 4, 2018

Smith explains how George Fitzhugh defended slavery on the grounds that it provides an ideal system of socialism.