Topic: History

A Statue Worth Preserving; A Man Worth Honoring

– January 25, 2024

“William Penn’s 1682 ‘Frame of Government’ for Pennsylvania included elected representatives, a separation of powers, religious freedom, and fair trials, all since incorporated into our Constitution.” ~Gary Galles


Markets and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

– January 18, 2024

“The immutable laws of markets enabled Montgomery’s black community to use the withholding of bus fares through the organized boycott to effectively turn the city bus company into an ally for legal reform.” ~Blake Ball


The Gramscian March Trips Up

– January 18, 2024

“The strategy aimed at shaping collective consciousness seems to have backfired, as the population, witnessing the institutional embrace of socialist ideologies, lost faith in the very institutions ostensibly meant to guide them.” ~Paul Schwennesen


This Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: Maybe You Don’t Need a Can Opener

– December 26, 2023

“Pull tabs and plastic bottles are among the innumerable wonders free people exercising free minds in free markets bring to us every day in exchange for progressively fewer fruits of our labors.” ~Art Carden


Beyond Taxation and Representation: the Legacy of the Boston Tea Party

– December 17, 2023

“Even a representative government, is not entitled to openly, or covertly, tax, regulate, or limit lawful, private activities, regardless of whether a majority of representatives and their constituents agree.” ~Luis Carlos Araujo Quintero


Resistance to Revitalization? When Neighborhoods Change but Regulations Don’t

– December 15, 2023

“The amount of red tape and regulation, fees and form-filling that government has wrapped around simple collaboration isn’t just irritating and expensive. On a deep level, it’s inhuman.” ~Laura Williams


Why Ordinary People Enable Totalitarians (Part II)

– December 14, 2023

“The best safeguard of liberty is societal support for a system that prevents abuses of power before individual acts of heroism are necessary.” ~Barry Brownstein


Untold Story: One Man’s Battle Against Nazi Ideology

– December 6, 2023

On this episode of Liberty Curious, Kate Wand and Samuel Gregg discuss the life and ideas of Wilhelm Röpke, an economics professor who was exiled from Germany in the 1930s for defending liberty and opposing the National Socialists.


Where Have You Gone, Alex P. Keaton?

– November 30, 2023

“Respect for individual freedom, in particular the freedom of thought, is much lower than at any time in my life. It is easy to imagine a latter-day Alex showing up at Leland’s freshman orientation only to be canceled and chased from campus by an angry mob.” ~Paul McDonnold


Thankful for the Lessons of Failures

– November 23, 2023

“Plymouth was a centrally planned community. Everything was controlled, regulated, and rationed by one central government authority. And like all central planning efforts, the results were scarcity, hunger, and desperation.” ~Thomas Krannawitter


A Short Guide to ESG: History

– November 19, 2023

“Browsing the websites of ESG-advocating organizations gives the sense that ESG is cutting edge, technologically sophisticated, a wise investment strategy, and the road to increasing profitability.” ~Paul Mueller


Economic Growth Remains One Way Out of Historical Tensions

– November 16, 2023

“When the future looks bright and living standards are rapidly improving, old grudges and tensions lose their relevance. We end up forgetting them because the things ahead look so much more enticing.” ~Vincent Geloso