This week saw a bunch of great new content added to Libertarianism.org.
On Tuesday, George Smith published another essay to his ongoing series about the events leading up to the American Revolution. This time he told the story of the Boston Tea Party:
In substituting naked force for conciliation and compromise, the British hoped to use Bostonians as an example and thereby cow other colonies into submission. But the Coercive Acts had precisely the opposite effect. They stiffened American resolve, inflamed passions even more, and instigated the crucial transition from resistance to revolution.
On Wednesday, we released the third lecture in our Exploring Liberty series. Tom G. Palmer, author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, leads a whirlwind tour through human history to document the rise of libertarian ideas, starting with the Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh and progressing through the history of ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment thinkers.
Thursday, Jason Kuznicki blogged on the question of why societies react differently to different sorts of violence.
History is rarely so neat. The Soviet entry into the eastern theater of war, taking place on the same day as Nagasaki, may have been sufficient all by itself. If so, the bombings are harder to justify.
And today we posted video of a 1996 talk by Randall G. Holcombe. Holcombe is an economics professor at Florida State University. In this new video, he compares different theories from David Ricardo, Adam Smith, Israel Kirzner, and other economists regarding the relationship between entrepreneurship and wealth creation. The lecture was filmed at a Future of Freedom Foundation seminar on Austrian Economics.