This historian and online-education entrepreneur says runaway slaves, ladies of the evening, bootleggers, and other dropouts and discontents made America free.
The long American spiritual tradition that gave us Marianne Williamson—and Donald Trump
'Killer' Walkman, 'Insane' Bicycles, and Novels Will Rot Your Brain: Pessimist Archive's Jason Feifer on 'Why We Resist New Things'
Jason Feifer's podcast explores "why we resist new things" and tells great stories about panics over the novel, the elevator, the waltz, margarine, and more.
Some on both left and right argue that the American Revolution was a mistake that ultimately caused more harm than good. Here's why they're wrong.
The Declaration of Independence advocates a polity based on universal principles of liberty and equality, not ethnic nationalism. We would do well to remember those principles to day.
The president's seeming ability to always get what he wants masks the reality that anything is possible in today's political and cultural landscape.
The sage of Baltimore on impeachment, the press, and the people
Remember that the Declaration of Independence stands for inalienable rights.
A meticulous re-enactment of the misbegotten prosecution of the Central Park Five gets a lot right.
Though Juneteenth is first and foremost a celebration of the end of slavery, the day has evolved in the 21st century.
Plus: crackdown on emotional support animals, the difference between "platforms" and "publishers," and more...
A Round-Up of Posts in the Volokh Conspiracy Symposium on "Our American Story: The Search for a New National Narrative"
A listing with links to all the posts in the series.
Introducing the Volokh Conspiracy Symposium on "Our American Story: The Search for a New National Narrative"
The symposium will include posts by contributors to this new book on what makes America and its history distinctive.
Historian Daniel Okrent looks back at the bigoted "intellectual justification" for anti-immigration policies.
A history lesson for Americans
Historian Daniel Okrent's new book, The Guarded Gate, recounts the history of bigotry, eugenics, and the "intellectual justification" of anti-immigration policies.
Friday A/V Club: Back in the '80s, Bernie Sanders had a public-access TV show. The archives are now online.
My new book chapter is now available for free on SSRN. It desccribes how "voting with your feet" played a central role in American history, how foot voting is at the heart of much of the nation's success, and the recent rise of dangerous new obstacles to foot-voting. Part of a new book, "Our American Story: The Search for a National Narrative."
David Friedman’s Legal Systems Very Different from Ours explores the costs and benefits of various legal systems across time.
Friday A/V Club: Springtime for Mao
The splintering of international economic interdependence is a worrying sign for peace through trade.
The president of the American Enterprise Institute says we need to reboot politics and that libertarians may hold the key.
Paul Cadmus's Herrin Massacre is "The Painting Our Art Critic Can't Stop Thinking About." If only he'd thought harder.
Plus: Reason web-culture coverage past...introducing the millennial presidential candidate...another Seattle "sex trafficking" case based on nonsense
That's wrong. Promoting fear hinders more than helps environmental progress.
Popular video game should prevail in lawsuit over its depiction of the infamous detective agency.
Nancy Bass Wyden says historic designation would compromise her ownership rights and mean dealing with bureaucrats who "do not know how to run a bookstore."