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Free Thoughts

Guns and Mass Shootings

featuring David B. Kopel and Trevor Burrus on Jan 5, 2018

David Kopel joins us again to discuss firearms, gun violence, mass shootings, and whether a gun-free America is possible or desirable.

Liberty Chronicles

Enlightenment and Revolution

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 2, 2018

Joel Mokyr argues that the elite stood on the shoulders of craftsmen to bring us into the age of Enlightenment.

Free Thoughts

How the Federal Reserve Works

featuring George Selgin, Trevor Burrus, and Tom Clougherty on Dec 29, 2017

George Selgin joins us again on Free Thoughts for a conversation about the origins and role of the Federal Reserve.

Excursions

Freethought and Freedom: Spinoza on the Bible

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 27, 2017

George H. Smith explains why Benedict Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.

Liberty Chronicles

The Era of Nasty Dealings

featuring Anthony Comegna on Dec 26, 2017

Historians call 1816-1824 the “Era of Good Feelings” because there were no real party organizations.

Free Thoughts

Free Speech Online

featuring Will Duffield, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 22, 2017

We talk about the freedom of speech in the internet era. How has the shift to digital communication changed interpretations of the 1st Amendment?

Excursions

Freethought and Freedom: Benedict Spinoza

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 20, 2017

George H. Smith discusses Benedict Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.

Liberty Chronicles

The Christmas Conspiracy

featuring Anthony Comegna on Dec 19, 2017

There was a conspiracy to create Christmas. This is a fairly standard historical interpretation of the American Christmas celebration.

Free Thoughts

How Conscious Capitalism Can Solve Global Poverty

featuring Michael Strong, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 15, 2017

Michael Strong joins us this week to talk about the role that capitalism and social entrepreneurship play in alleviating global poverty.

Liberty Chronicles

Individualism vs The Market Revolution

featuring Anthony Comegna on Dec 12, 2017

The colonial period was one of booming production and commerce, a deeply commercialized culture noted by its fashions, ever changing tastes, and values.

Free Thoughts

How the Powerful Captured the Economy

featuring Trevor Burrus, Matthew Feeney, Brink Lindsey, & Steven M. Teles on Dec 8, 2017

We discuss 4 pathological policy regimes that are responsible for the slow growth & inequality that’s plagued the US economy.

Excursions

Freethought and Freedom: Skepticism

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 6, 2017

Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.