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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.

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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.

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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.

Excursions

Freethought and Freedom: Jean Meslier

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 24, 2018

George H. Smith explains some of the libertarian ideas of Jean Meslier, the notorious atheist-priest.

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The Paradise of Bachelors

by Herman Melville April 1855

Melville provides a more-or-less first-hand account of the almost excruciatingly lucious lives of London’s lawyerly elite.

Liberty Chronicles

Everything is Freemasons!

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 23, 2018

William Morgan was about to publish the Freemasons’ tightly controlled secrets. Morgan planned to expose the powers conferred by initiation.

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After Nestor: Land, Rent, and the State

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker squares off with a land-taxing Georgist reader whose preoccupation with land distracts him from the larger war against Archism.

Free Thoughts

Trump’s Assault on America’s Institutions

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and John Samples on Jan 19, 2018

John Samples joins us to discuss how the Trump presidency is challenging America’s institutions.

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After Nestor: Henry George and State Socialism

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker chastises the naive libertarianism of Henry George’s land reformers—Land alone feeds no one, and a free society first requires a free money.

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After Nestor: The Knights of Paper Promises

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker goes back on “picket duty,” tackling a slew of money- and trade-related topics and battling foes from the Knights of Labor to Henry George.

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After Nestor: Free Money First

by Benjamin Tucker in 1897

Tucker confronts Greenbackers and other contemporaries who posed state solutions to problems caused by government.

Liberty Chronicles

The Whigs

featuring Anthony Comegna on Jan 16, 2018

Much as we modern libertarians might love to hate the Whigs, they were in many ways indistinguishable from the Jacksonians.

Free Thoughts

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 12, 2018

Emma Ashford gives us a primer on Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation that is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world.