Jason Brennan joins us for a discussion on political obligation. Are we ethically obligated to obey the government? If so, why? If not, why not?
Smith explains Kant’s basic justification of government and why he opposed the rights of resistance and revolution.
Aaron and Trevor have a discussion about the political authority of the state. Should one obey the government? Is there a compelling reason to?
How far should we go to fight societal injustice?
Powell disputes the notion that libertarians always view the government as bad, arguing that it is coercion, no matter the source, that is harmful.
Thoreau develops a theory of the ethics of civil disobedience in the context of his tax resistance during the Mexican-American war.
The great classical liberal John Stuart Mill articulates his famous Harm Principle.
Burrus describes how the state destroys our ability to conceive of a world where it doesn’t take on certain tasks.
Burrus furthers the libertarian argument against the widely-held belief that we “all belong to government.”
Powell examines the thinking of many on the left who believe “the only thing we all belong to” is government.
Trevor Burrus discusses the problem of complex regulatory legal systems and how this leads to unnecessary mass incarceration.
Trevor Burrus discusses the purpose and scope of the Constitution, as well as the values that shaped it.