Steve Horwitz joins us to discuss the relationship between classical liberal history and economics.
Though our author wrote in hiding from a terroristic regime, his saw unlimited potential for human accomplishment.
Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
Peter Van Doren joins us again to discuss his time on jury duty.
Like many of us, Condorcet got a bit carried away with praise for the Enlightenment. Unlike many of us, he tempered it with a dose of realism.
Justice Woodbury concludes his dissent by arguing that the states cannot usurp Congress’s power to declare war in order to prevent political change.
George H. Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
Woodbury argues that the Dorr “War” presented no real threat to the Charter government and their declaration of martial law was made in error.
Michael Douma and Phil Magness join us to discuss their new book What is Classical Liberal History?
In his dissent from Taney’s opinion, Justice Woodbury began by agreeing that the Dorr War was a political matter best left out of the courts.
“Ideal theory” political philosophy, like that of Rawls, glosses over the core problems with social democracy and other forms of statism.
In 1849, the US Supreme Court decided that might makes right—The only legitimate institutions are those with enough power to defend themselves.
Rounding out his history of the Early Modern period, Condorcet explains the linkages between philosophy and politics on both ends of the Atlantic.
George H. Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory.
When it comes to state and corporate power, the difference is one in kind, not of degree.
David M. Hart joins us to discuss his latest book, Social Class and State Power.
Horton was a clear example of black Americans’ “nation within a nation,” contributing to wider American life while retaining unique experience.