Eamonn Butler joins us to discuss his new book Ayn Rand: An Introduction.
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.
Horton was a clear example of black Americans’ “nation within a nation,” contributing to wider American life while retaining unique experience.
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.