George H. Smith discusses Benedict Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
There was a conspiracy to create Christmas. This is a fairly standard historical interpretation of the American Christmas celebration.
Michael Strong joins us this week to talk about the role that capitalism and social entrepreneurship play in alleviating global poverty.
Offering his dismal reflections on the World Anti-Slavery Convention, Rogers reminds readers that the abolitionist revolution is no bureaucratic body.
Rogers explains how northerners, too, were complicit in slavery and cautions that political revolution alone would not create an abolitionist society.
George H. Smith explains Francis Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
Condorcet surveys the dismal feudal era, but highlights its greatest triumph—the libertarian moment when slavery disappeared across Europe.
The colonial period was one of booming production and commerce, a deeply commercialized culture noted by its fashions, ever changing tastes, and values.
Condorcet believed secular sectarianism was the primary cause of ancient philosophy’s decline, but Christian dogmatism sure didn’t help.
Smith discusses Spooner’s contention that the Constitution carries no moral authority but that it still can be understood as antislavery.
We discuss 4 pathological policy regimes that are responsible for the slow growth & inequality that’s plagued the US economy.
Business needn’t involve setting aside all other concerns and purposes for the pursuit of profit.
Greed isn’t good.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.
In a troubling set of quotations, Tucker derides age of consent laws, displays plenty of misogyny, and shows more concern for butter than child welfare.
The War Years cast a long, dark, dangerous shadow over the still-young Republic. The world was changing quickly, and everyone took note.
Tucker addresses (and disenchants) the magic leaps some libertarians make from individualism to socialism.
Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience joins us to talk about the politics of punk rock. What is punk rebelling against? Is it inherently political?