Few in the libertarian movement have suffered as much as Lewis for the cause of freedom.
Beccaria was deeply opposed to the death penalty, a rarity for his time when most believed capital punishment was an acceptable response to many crimes.
Madison gave no sign in his pre-presidential career that he would flourish in the chief magistracy, and he lived up to expectations.
Jacob Grier joins the show today to talk with Trevor about the American war on tobacco.
Lincoln’s navigation of the secession crisis and ensuing Civil War can legitimately be described as unprepared at best, and at moments susceptible to severe strategic missteps.
In foreign affairs, the Arthur administration was as devoid of accomplishment as almost any in American history.
Monroe was not a deep thinker, as were Jefferson and Madison, nor was he the charismatic leader that Washington was.
The most prominent of America’s contradictions is that its Founding documents were written by white men who owned black human beings as farm equipment, yet they expressed a commitment to liberty.
Although Van Buren himself was an effective politician, his years as president prompted scholars to rank Van Buren’s presidency as average, grouped among some of the least-effective and forgettable presidents in U.S. history
The quartering of soldiers on private property was a real, pressing threat to liberty when the Bill of Rights was drafted.
For Filmore, slavery was a moral wrong, and imposing on states’ rights was a legal wrong, but for U.S. history, the chimera of legislation that became the Compromise of 1850 was a catastrophic mistake.
President Buchanan amassed the largest fiscal imbalance of a pre-Civil War administration not engaging in a foreign war and that fact only scrathes the surface of his shortcomings.
The American welfare state is expensive, of limited efficacy, and crowds out better options for alleviating poverty.
Liz Mair joins us to discuss Nunes, his cow, & how the lawsuit has created an internet backlash drawing more attention to parody accounts.
Edgar Allen Poe was no Locofoco sympathizer, but he did tell a tale about class struggle much different than the ones we have discussed before.
John Tyler was the one person most responsible for squashing republicanism and establishing the empire.
Mary Wollstonecraft’s political philosophy and feminist thought were shaped by her beliefs about human nature.
Caleb Brown interviews Anthony Comegna about the English Civil Wars and high weirdness in the primitive libertarian tradition.