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A History of Libertarianism

by David Boaz on Jan 15, 1997

In this excerpt from Libertarianism: A Primer, Boaz tells the history of the movement for liberty, from to Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu through the 20th century.

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Power Corrupts: A Biography of Lord Acton

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Lord Acton was a 19th century politician, historian, and writer best remembered for his commentary on the corrupting influence of power.

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The Conflict of Plutocracy and Democracy

by William Graham Sumner in 1913

In this piece, collected in Sumner argues that democracy is especially vulnerable to plutocratic influence. Originally published in The Independent.

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Definitions of Democracy and Plutocracy

by William Graham Sumner in 1913

Sumner defines and distinguishes the concepts of democracy and plutocracy. Originally published in The Independent.