Helena Rosenblatt and Daniel Klein debate the origin of liberalism.
George H. Smith
George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
Continuing his review of Gray’s Seven Types of Atheism, Smith explains how Gray greatly exaggerates Nietzsche’s influence on Rand, and he criticizes Gray’s misstatements about Rand’s notion of sacrifice.
John Gray’s discussion of Objectivism in Seven Types of Atheism, which is egregiously and inexcusably bad, relies on portraying Ayn Rand as a cult leader.
All TV series must die! Ilya Somin joins us today to unravel the medieval epic fantasy; Game of Thrones.
WARNING this episode contains spoilers to most, if not all, Marvel movies, please listen with caution.
Anthony interviews Nicholas Mosvick to discuss the issue of conscription during the Civil War and its’ lasting impact.
Lincoln is idolized for the Emancipation Proclamation, but he also should be scrutinized for his support of colonization of freed slaves.
What was Lincoln’s actual position on slavery and how did he use it to his advantage during the Presidential election of 1860?
Mark Smith gives us the entire feel of the Civil War by letting us think of it through all five of our senses.
The complicated time of secession was defined by politicians’ desire to grab power in any way that they could.
Smith discusses the importance of Garrison’s call for the free states to secede from the Union, and the eventual disagreement with Frederick Douglass.
You can think of negative liberty as being about the absence of external limits, and positive liberty as the absence of internal limits.
Phil Magness breaks down Lysander Spooner’s radical activist lifestyle.
Smith interviews the spirit of Adam Smith, soliciting his opinion of David Hume and other matters.
Do you know your states’ constitution? Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton joins us to discuss state constitutions in contrast with the federal Constitution.
Phil Magness helps us unravel who George Fitzhugh was and how he is interpreted today.
Smith reviews Sandefur’s biography, Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man, published by the Cato Institute in 2018.
Calhoun’s vision of Americans conquering space seemed even more possible with Samuel Morse’s invention of the magnetic telegraph.