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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.

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There’s No Tyranny Like English Tyranny

by Nathaniel Peabody Rogers Aug. 1840-March 1841

Offering his dismal reflections on the World Anti-Slavery Convention, Rogers reminds readers that the abolitionist revolution is no bureaucratic body.

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“The Lexicography of Hell”

by Nathaniel Peabody Rogers Dec. 1839-April 1840

Rogers explains how northerners, too, were complicit in slavery and cautions that political revolution alone would not create an abolitionist society.

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“Amidst the Universal Darkness”

by Condorcet in 1795

Condorcet surveys the dismal feudal era, but highlights its greatest triumph—the libertarian moment when slavery disappeared across Europe.

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.

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The Decline and Fall of Ancient Empiricism

by Condorcet in 1795

Condorcet believed secular sectarianism was the primary cause of ancient philosophy’s decline, but Christian dogmatism sure didn’t help.

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.

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After Nestor: A Smattering of Subjects

by Benjamin Tucker on Nov 1, 1897

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.

Free Thoughts

Punk Rock Politics

featuring Frank Portman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 1, 2017

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?