In this excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat dispels the notion that policymakers should attempt to attain “high” or “low” prices.
Swiss-born thinker, politician, author, and activist Benjamin Constant defended freedom in France against the ancien regime, the Terror, and Napoleon.
In this satirical essay, Bastiat petitions on behalf of candle makers for the protection from foreign competition, the sun.
Albert Jay Nock, author, aesthete, and social critic, was an advocate of liberty in a collectivist age.
Daniel O’Connell was a lawyer, a peerless orator, and Ireland’s prominent political leader in the first half of the 19th century.
Agitator and pamphleteer par excellence, Thomas Paine was involved in both the American and French Revolutions.
Algernon Sidney was a 17th century English politician and philosopher who defied monarchism and was ultimately executed for his criticism of the English crown.
Friedrich A. Hayek was a Nobel Laureate economist. He contributed to our understanding of free market economies and free societies generally.
Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.
The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.
Sweden often gets held up as an example of how socialism can work better than markets. But, as Norberg shows, Sweden’s history in fact points to the opposite conclusion.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.
The virtue of humility is found in recognizing our limits—and that humility ought to make us libertarians.
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
Ludwig von Mises founded the modern Austrian School of economics, and wrote the sweeping, authoritative treatise Human Action.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.
Herbert Spencer was a 19th century philosopher, sociologist, and biologist and a prominent advocate for laissez-faire policies.
George Smith discusses some of Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy, as found in the Wealth of Nations.
Richard Cobden was the premiere advocate of free trade in 19th century Britain.
James Madison was the fourth President of the United States and was the chief architect of the United States Constitution.
Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Smith criticizes an influential book by Mark Francis, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life.
Smith discusses the complex personal relationships among three leading classical liberals in Victorian England.
Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.
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