How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
Keith E. Whittington joins us to discuss his book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech.
For many women, resisting oppression meant turning a critical eye toward religious authorities.
Dale considers how two political thinkers engage with some concrete policy questions, informed by scientific findings but applying Hume’s Guillotine.
George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
Though the Old South’s feudal institutions treated slaves as mere property, they lived in and helped create a rapidly modernizing world.
In July 1842, Rhode Island had two state governments. The rest of New England watched, wondering if they would spill into a civil war.
During the English Civil Wars, it seemed to many that the Earth’s “Great Ones” were busily destroying themselves—so the Diggers seized their moment.
When the Diggers occupied St. George’s Hill, they stood on generations of leveller history protesting aristocratic enclosures of common lands.
Peter T. Leeson joins us to talk about his new book WTF?!: An Economic Tour of the Weird.
For our author, the print revolution ushered in both an unstoppable flood of progress and the massive, abosolute, bureaucratic central state.
In his first essay in a new series on John Locke, Smith explains some essential features of Locke’s case for private property.
Whether rationalists or empiricists, the first modern philosophers gave us all good reasons to doubt the dictates of either kings or priests.
Government employees are insulated from having to take any responsibility for even very serious wrongdoing.
On May 19, 1842, Thomas W. Dorr dressed up like Napoleon and ordered his makeshift little army to storm the Providence state arsenal.
No mere whig historian, Condorcet recognized that alongside wonderful, liberty-maximizing inventions like printing came modern states and global slavery.
Though historians refuse to recognize his accomplishment, H. L. Mencken invented an entire historical genre and method.
Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.