What was so special about Viking ships? – Jan Bill

The Vikings came from the rugged, inhospitable north known today as Scandinavia. As the Roman Empire flourished further south, Scandinavians had small settlements, no central government, and no coinage. Yet by the 11th century, the Vikings had spread far from Scandinavia, gaining control of trade routes throughout Europe, conquering kingdoms as far as Africa, and […]

Episode 106: The Distinction Between Governance and Government (with Edward P. Stringham)

Aaron Ross Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts from Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute. I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Ross Powell: And today we’re joined by Edward Peter Stringham. He’s a Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College and the author of the new book Private Governance: Creating […]

Julius Caesar – Greatest Conqueror Ever?

He was a man of the people, a populist who helped military veterans and initiated land reform. He was a brilliant strategist on the battlefield, an astute politician and an avid historian. This man would become the last dictator of the Roman Republic, paving the way for the great Roman Empire. Julius Caesar was masterful, […]

Apollo 11’s journey to the moon, annotated

You’re looking at one of the most incredible moments in human history. That’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walking on the moon. Okay, maybe you’ve seen this clip before, but think about that for a second: They’re on the moon. A celestial object nearly 240,000 miles into outer space. That distance is like flying all […]

Becoming Equal Under the Law – Equal?

“All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” I think that’s one of the most important sentences in the English language. And then the next sentence of the Declaration says, “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Jefferson […]

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