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The Levellers & Natural Law

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“The Levellers…approached the question of a constitutional settlement as an ethical or moral one, based on the premises of natural law.”

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British Free Banking & Monetary Theory

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Free banking dispenses with government authority over money, and allows an orderly yet unmanipulated monetary system.”

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The Limited Liability Corporation

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“The notion that the LLC was a ‘necessary’ product of capitalist development appears to be historical hindsight.”

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The First Amendment: 1918-1928

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“The intellectual turmoil of the period raised serious questions concerning the legitimate parameters of dissent in American society.”

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Jeffersonian Optimism vs. Country Pessimism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Jefferson…wanted government to offer protection to the personal realm, so that men might freely exercise their beneficent faculties.”

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Rival Notions of Republicanism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

Ames’ classical republicanism differed from the Jeffersonian approval of multiple factions, an optimistic view of human nature, and democratic populism.

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Charles A. Beard: Power vs. Authority

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Beard believed that in attempting to disperse power, the framers also destroyed authority.”

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Marxist Historiography & the French Revolution

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Economic evidence does not support any sudden change in the means of production and exchange in eighteenth-century France.”

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Tocqueville: On Prisons & Modern Despotism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“The new despotism [will] rely on isolation, equality…private production and consumption[,] the eclipse of public life, and the loss of a meaningful future.”

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 83: Who Killed Jefferson(ianism)?

featuring Anthony Comegna on Dec 4, 2018

Those who profited so much from slave labor, rebuked the Declaration of Independence, but the Southern justification for slavery varied by region. 

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 100: Quakertarianism, with Caleb Brown

featuring Anthony Comegna and Caleb O. Brown on Apr 2, 2019

For our 100th episode, a regular guest on our show, Caleb Brown, returns to discuss his Quakertarian life.