The Abolition of Man

– April 23, 2022

“In four of the quotations, Lewis speaks of ‘the Tao.’ By that he means something like the universe, including its moral order, or perhaps the notion of a morally ordered universe.” ~ Daniel B. Klein


Subversive Innovation: A Strategic Reading of Nozick’s Framework for Utopia

– April 12, 2022

“I suggest we reshuffle Nozick’s thesis to transform his theoretical framework into a practical mindset. We can use the Framework as a strategic lens for spawning subversive innovations that promise each of us a society that comes closest to our ideals.” ~ Max Borders


If Bernard Mandeville Is Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld Is Adam Smith

– March 9, 2022

“The relationship between Seinfeld and David has received more ink and attention than the one between Mandeville and Smith. That said, we would not have had a ‘Seinfeld’ without a Larry David. Would we have had a Smith without a Mandeville?” ~ Garret Edwards


Who Owns Our Bodies?

– March 4, 2022

“The very suggestion that medical interventions ought to be understood as a question of property is a call for a new kind of civilization where rather than equal citizens, all people are merely property waiting to be expropriated.” ~ Chris Bateman


Beauty Transcends Outrage

– March 3, 2022

“Strength of emotion cannot by itself justify moral outrage. We have a duty not to offend others without good reason, but we also have a duty not to be offended by others without good reason.” ~ Theodore Dalrymple


Reality Decides, in Economics and Evolutionary Biology Alike

– February 3, 2022

“An evolutionary lens isn’t just a corrective for how to live in the 21st century and how to understand our modern predicaments. It also teaches you how markets work, what constraints reality puts on us, and how to consider outcomes you don’t like.” ~ Joakim Book


Hijacking Liberalism: Spencer’s The Man Versus the State

– January 12, 2022

“At best, Scholars often view Spencer as a magnificent dinosaur, at worst a grumpy phantom of Christmas past—this is a mistake. The hijacking of ‘liberalism’ was a triumph. Perhaps this makes it all the more important to understand how it happened.” ~ Alberto Mingardi


An Art That Offers Choices

– January 4, 2022

“The new art form, the one staring its opponents right in the face, is an art form of cohesion, community, tradition, and representation. It is part of a revolution in mores and behaviors that can help lead us out of the nihilism to which we have all fallen victim.” ~ Spencer Klavan


In Search of Humility

– January 4, 2022

“Our lack of humility about what we can know and the worth of our value judgments in transforming reality is a problem in public life. Just about everyone would be better off if we had more contemplative realists like Hayek and Voegelin and fewer political activists.” ~ Todd Myers


America’s Unplanned Constitutional Tradition

– December 31, 2021

“Liberty and Power demonstrates that Wood is still the consummate historian. Rather than being an ideologue locked into a permanent position, his changes in emphasis from his earlier works reveal a scholar who is willing to reconsider evidence and arguments.” ~ Aaron N. Coleman


The Only Question That Matters: Is It Correct?

– December 27, 2021

“We fool ourselves that our arguments follow ethnic, sex, or demographic lines in what amounts to a wholly unscientific collapse into untethered subjectivity. By concerning ourselves with financial or structural bias, we chip away at the idea of objective reality.” ~ Joakim Book


Paul Heyne and the Trouble with Economists

– December 23, 2021

“Economics is often a morality-free zone, and Paul Heyne shows why this is a mistake. In many ways, Heyne can be read as a plea to return to the oft-forgotten first half of Adam Smith.” ~ Nikolai G. Wenzel