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The Sin of Herbert Spencer

by Benjamin Tucker on May 17, 1884

Benjamin Tucker praises Herbert Spencer but argues his criticism of state socialism is incomplete.

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Historical Rights Preferred to Abstract Rights

by Edmund Burke in 1790 C.E.

In this excerpt from “Reflections on the Revolution in France,” Burke prefers the traditional rights of Englishmen to the French revolutionaries’ “rights of man.”

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The Production of Security

by Gustave de Molinari in 1849 C.E.

Gustave de Molinari, a contemporary of Bastiat, wonders: if markets work so well everywhere else, why not allow the market production of personal security?

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Civil Disobedience: Thoreau in Jail

by Henry David Thoreau in 1849 C.E.

Thoreau describes his brief imprisonment and discusses the relationship between the state, his community, and his duties as an individual.