Join host Dr. Anthony Comegna on a series of libertarian explorations into the past. Liberty Chronicles combines innovative libertarian thinking about history with specialist interviews, primary and secondary sources, and answers to listener questions.
Ep. 06: The Road from Serfdom...to Corporatism06/06/2017 Duración: 20min
When you change your perspective on past events by changing the sources of information, the facts of your narrative change as well. We have some decent tools to guide our exploration of the past, so let’s start digging.Further Readings/References:The First Charter of Virginia; April 10, 1606Charters to Columbus and Walter RaleighThe Dutch Path from Explorers to MonopolistsRediker & Linebaugh. Many-Headed Hydra: The Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Boston: Beacon Press. 2000. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep. 05: Revisiting "The Conspiracy Theory of History Revisited"30/05/2017 Duración: 19min
History is the grand catalog of human action in the past. At its broadest, it encompasses everything that everyone everywhere has ever done.If all history is about individual actions, and all individual actions are based on some sort of perceived self-interest on the part of the actor, one may conclude that chronicles of an historical actor’s life would reveal patterns about how they expected to fulfill those interests.Further Readings/References:Rothbard, “The Conspiracy Theory of History, Revisited,” Reason (April 1977). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep. 04: Methodological Individualism and the Study of History23/05/2017 Duración: 17min
Methodological individualism is the principle that only individuals act—only individuals consciously apply means toward the fulfilment of ends. whenever we investigate society we must do so through the experiences and actions of the individuals which compose it.Further Readings/References:Mises, Theory and History: An Interpretation of Social and Economic Evolution. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund. 2005.George H. Smith & Marilyn Moore, eds. Individualism: A Reader. Washington, D.C.: The Cato Institute. 2015. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep. 03: The Liberal and Marxist Theories of History16/05/2017 Duración: 25min
We overview Marxism and classical liberalism so we can get a very full picture of what produces, change over time.Further Readings/References:On Marxism, see: Marx, Karl. “A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy” (1859) from Lewis S. Feuer, ed. Marx and Engels: Basic Writings on Politics and Philosophy (Garden City, NY: Anchor. 1959)On Classical Liberalism: The collected works of William Leggett are available here:https://archive.org/details/collectionofpoliwla01legghttps://archive.org/details/collectionofpolilg02legg See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep. 02: History from Above and Below09/05/2017 Duración: 19min
By studying history, though, we empower ourselves to challenge received wisdom and create knowledge of our own. Sometimes doing history from below (rather than above) is as simple as broadening the scope of your evidence beyond the relatively controllable published record. It might mean deep dives into personal diaries, letters, newspapers, pop and material culture, archeological evidence, or the introduction of a variety of methodological approaches to oft-studied subjects.Further Readings/References:Bertolt BrechtLeonard Read’s “I, Pencil,” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep. 01: A Neglected Anniversary02/05/2017 Duración: 30min
Welcome to the first installment of Liberty Chronicles!Everything you were taught about why the world is the way it is was planted in your mind. What does the development of the bathtub have to do with how we think about history? On first glance, it might seem to contribute very little. It is, after all, only a mundane and humble tub.Further Reading:For a history of the history of the bathtub, see: Wendy McElroy, “The Bathtub, Mencken, and War” https://fee.org/articles/the-bathtub-mencken-and-war/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Welcome to Liberty Chronicles12/04/2017 Duración: 02min
Join host Dr. Anthony Comegna on a series of libertarian explorations into the past. Liberty Chronicles combines innovative libertarian thinking about history with specialist interviews, primary and secondary sources, and answers to listener questions. At its most useful, studying history is a sort of purgative process through which we can better understand past actors’ motivations and mistakes; we then use this wisdom to refine our own behavior as individuals. By approaching humanity’s past ‘from below’ and treating subjects as individuals and historical agents, Liberty Chronicles will help you navigate the present and future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.