Liberty Chronicles

The Age of William Leggett Part 2

featuring Anthony Comegna on Feb 6, 2018

William Leggett’s antislavery wasn’t just spontaneous. His editorial career was spent teasing out the finer points of libertarian theory.

Free Thoughts

How the Media Really Works

featuring Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Feb 2, 2018

Cato Institute Vice President of Communications Khristine Brookes joins us to discuss the ever-changing world of news and media.


After Nestor: Picketing Henry George

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

In a brief flurry of choice editorials, Tucker returns again to “picket duty,” addressing some of the many differences between himself and contemporary Henry George.


Social Contract Theory as Statist Apologia

by David S. D’Amato on Jan 30, 2018

Social contract theories say that governments are just institutions that protect people’s liberties. Such theories serve to conceal the state’s tyranny.

Liberty Chronicles

The Age of William Leggett Part 1

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 30, 2018

William Leggett was the man who created the first identifiably libertarian movement in American history.


After Nestor: Liberty as the Great Equalizer

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

For Tucker, Liberty was The Great Abolitionist, smasher of profit, rent, monopoly, and any other social contrivance separating labor from its fruits.

Free Thoughts

Choose Your Own Government

featuring Trevor Burrus, Tom W. Bell, and Aaron Ross Powell on Jan 26, 2018

Tom W. Bell joins us for a Live Free Thoughts to talk about the emerging trend of private start up governments.


Poor Man’s Pudding/Rich Man’s Crumbs

by Herman Melville in 1854

With a taste of actual poverty and a whiff of fake charity, Melville leaves us doubting whether our personal ethics have much improved.


The Tartarus of Maids

by Herman Melville April 1855

Melville suggests that unless the modernizing, industrializing world retained its humanistic sensibilities, we’ll create our own Hells.