Free Thoughts

Liberty and the American Experience

featuring Jim Powell, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 24, 2014

Jim Powell joins us for a discussion on how the tradition of liberty in the United States was established and how it subsequently flourished.


Meditations on Memorial Day

by David Boaz on May 31, 2010

Even when worthwhile, war brings terrible costs and must not be undertaken lightly.


Priestly and Liberty

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

“Priestley died in Pennsylvania in 1804, having throughout his life professed freedom in science, religion, and politics.”


Declaration of Independence

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

The Declaration of Independence is considered an establishing document of America and the place where the country’s values were initially written out.


Price, Richard (1723-1791)

by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

Richard Price was a British philosopher who supported American Independence and the French Revolution and whose work focused on reason in ethics.


Charity/Friendly Societies

by David Beito on Aug 15, 2008

Charitable, fraternal and friendly societies benefit members and overall society while also maintaining freedom and choice of association.


The Radical Abolitionists, Part 2

by David S. D’Amato on Jan 7, 2014

D’Amato looks at the Garrisonians, the most diehard and arguably most consistently libertarian of the abolitionists.


Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, contributed some of the most important ideas to early US political theory.


The Boston Tea Party

by George H. Smith on Jan 17, 2012

The British response to the Boston Tea Party stiffened American resolve for revolution. In this essay, George Smith tells the story of that event.