August 28

Ep. 0025: DHP Heroes: Lysander Spooner

For the second installment of Dangerous History Podcast Heroes, Prof CJ takes a look at the life and ideas of nineteenth century American individualist anarchist Lysander Spooner (1808-1887.) Spooner had a huge influence on many prominent anti-state intellectuals and activists, including Murray Rothbard and Karl Hess (subject of the first DHP Heroes podcast back in episode #11.)

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  •  A brief overview of Spooner’s life
  • An examination of his ideas, including:  his opposition to slavery, but even more vehement opposition to the Union’s conquest and subjugation of the South in the not-so-Civil War; his belief in the inherent criminality of any coercive state; his rejection of any notion of a social contract; his rejection of the supposedly morally sanctifying effects of democracy; his economic ideas, including his belief in private property and preference for self-employment; and his vehement dislike of banksters, especially those who bankroll the state

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Posted August 28, 2014 by profcj in category "American History", "DHP Heroes", "Podcasts


  1. By profcj (Post author) on

    Was already thinking about a Mencken episode; hadn’t thought about Nock, but I probably should throw him on the list too.

    1. By Rick Doogie on

      Yes, I’m happy to find a history podcast that is from an individualist/anarchist/anti-state point of view. There are occasional history-related episodes on some of my favorite podcasts; Mises, Tom Woods, Econ Talk. But your Dangerous History is the first podcast dedicated to history, and I’m lovin’ it. I’m only up to episode 31, but no complaints so far. The only thing I can think of is that you seem a bit shy about covering religious institutions and traditions, although I know it’s early in the game for you. (In Rothbard’s 4-volume “Conceived in Liberty” he sure wasn’t shy about describing the religious problems of the early colonies, and how they tied in with political problems.)

      As far as Dan Carlin, don’t get me going. Yes, I’m sure he’s teaching some valuable history to his listeners, but he makes me grind my teeth. Not just when he seems to be drooling on the mic while going into gruesome details of war-nography.
      A bigger complaint is that Dan Carlin makes little offhand comments about the inevitability of war and dominance. Studying the horror and misery brought about by statism and its wars, he never entertains the possibility of an end to that way of living. He takes pride in being agnostic as far as any solutions for the future. When you name your history podcast “Hardcore” or “Dangerous”, I expect more bravery and yes, subjectivity.

      In fact, I’m pretty sure I recall a couple jabs from Carlin against the dreaded “A” word. Something to the effect of “this war was necessary in order to prevent complete anarchy” – To be fair, I’m paraphrasing, and don’t recall the exact times when he made comments like that.

      Let’s just say that Prof CJ’s Dangerous History is the ONLY history podcast that isn’t hosted by a statist-supporting dupe who refuses to learn the BIGGEST lesson of history; Human happiness, prosperity, and peace are not possible when all of our pundits, teachers, parents, and historians take it for granted that “social order” can only happen under a massive web of dominance and submission.

      1. By profcj (Post author) on

        Rick, what you said about there being no other show like mine & why you like my show is very gratifying to me, because that’s exactly why I started it. There was no show I could find that combined historical narrative & analysis from a philosophical point of view like ours on a regular basis (there were anew who did it occasionally, as you indicated.) So I made my own.


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