If Old South slavery was so awful, how did it produce poet George Moses Horton?—Through his life and verse, we seek out an answer.
Tom W. Bell joins us for a Live Free Thoughts to talk about the emerging trend of private start up governments.
With a taste of actual poverty and a whiff of fake charity, Melville leaves us doubting whether our personal ethics have much improved.
Melville suggests that unless the modernizing, industrializing world retained its humanistic sensibilities, we’ll create our own Hells.
George H. Smith explains some of the libertarian ideas of Jean Meslier, the notorious atheist-priest.
Melville provides a more-or-less first-hand account of the almost excruciatingly lucious lives of London’s lawyerly elite.
William Morgan was about to publish the Freemasons’ tightly controlled secrets. Morgan planned to expose the powers conferred by initiation.
Tucker squares off with a land-taxing Georgist reader whose preoccupation with land distracts him from the larger war against Archism.
Smith examines Lincoln’s views on slavery and some of his many disagreements with abolitionists.
John Samples joins us to discuss how the Trump presidency is challenging America’s institutions.
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.
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.
George H. Smith criticizes some features of Benedict Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Tucker confronts Greenbackers and other contemporaries who posed state solutions to problems caused by government.
Much as we modern libertarians might love to hate the Whigs, they were in many ways indistinguishable from the Jacksonians.
Smith discusses Spooner’s critique of taxation.
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.
Celebrity candidates have built-in name recognition, but offer little in the way of actual qualification for office.