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Jimmy Rose: Failure & Sympathy

by Herman Melville in 1855

A failure at business and a failure at life, Jimmy Rose was a lot like the rest of his generation—drowning in change.

Liberty Chronicles

The Jacksonians

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 9, 2018

The 1820s, 30s, and 40s were rough and tumble times. Life changed more quickly in those decades than ever before and practically everyone felt it.

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.

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A Virtue Ethical Case for Libertarianism

by Mark LeBar on Jan 3, 2017

Libertarian political institutions are most conducive to virtuous living, and virtuous people will be inclined to uphold libertarian principles.

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Crusaders, Inventors, and Classicists

by Condorcet in 1795

While Renaissance artists and intellectuals rediscovered, revived, and revered, tinkering inventors drove progress into its next epochal period. 

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.

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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?

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After Nestor: The Popery of Gold!

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker compares the human idolatry of gold to religious worship, looking forward to the day when every man pulls his own metals from the sea.

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After Nestor: Between Communism & Monopoly

by Benjamin Tucker and Auberon Herbert in 1897

Tucker rejoins the trans-Atlantic dialogue between his American Spoonerite anarchists and the English Individualists.