Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.
William Lloyd Garrison
An ardent abolitionist and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement, William Lloyd Garrison is perhaps best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and as one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Smith discusses the controversy over whether the U.S. Constitution is pro-slavery, as illustrated in the opposing views of two leading abolitionists: Wendell Phillips and Lysander Spooner.
Smith discusses some circumstances that led to the formation of the abolitionist Liberty Party in 1840.
“O’Connell stood steadfast in his commitment to abolish human slavery even when it undermined his lifelong ambition to achieve home rule for Ireland.”
Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.
“There are no ‘Liberators’ to-day, and the William Lloyd Garrisons have nearly all of them gone the way of all the world.”
Abolitionist Lydia Maria Child was an author, editor, journalist, and scholar.
Robert LeFevre on the long history of libertarianism.
Leonard Liggio described the ideologically-inspired, Romantic life of George Julian.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important organizer and writer in the American women’s rights movement.
A short profile of the ideas of Gene Sharp, the foremost scholar of nonviolent resistance.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
“Tucker and his tradition…offer us the legacy of a suggestive analysis of how true community is compatible with rugged individualism.”
In this entry, Jeff Hummel explains the events and effects of the U.S. Civil War from the perspective of how it both questioned and realized liberty.
Smith discusses how William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips differed in their approaches to non-voting.
Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy.
Smith explains some reasons why the temperance movement switched from advocating voluntary methods to calling for coercive prohibitory laws during the 1830s.
Smith discusses the schism in the abolitionist movement over the constitutionality of slavery, and he begins his analysis of Lysander Spooner’s arguments in The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.