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Agrarian Justice: Excerpt

by Thomas Paine in 1797 C.E.

In this excerpt from his pamphlet Agrarian Justice, Thomas Paine argues for using land taxes to fund what we would today call a universal basic income.

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Don’t Smash the State

by Steven Horwitz on Sep 17, 2015

The goal is freedom, but how do we get there safely?

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Constitution and the Common Man

by Nani Palkhivala in 1971 C.E.

This speech discusses the importance of the rule of law and property rights in India in the decades following independence from the United Kingdom.

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The Death of Politics

by Karl Hess in 1969 C.E.

Left and right both want to control others through the state; libertarianism, says Hess, is anti-political because it seeks to dismantle state control.

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Pathologies of Power

by Neera K. Badhwar on Jun 23, 2015

Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power.

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What Can Adam Smith Teach Us About Tax Policy?

by Scott Drenkard on May 28, 2015

Smith constructed four maxims of taxation for public funding. We use them to evaluate our current tax system, which “notably deviate[s] from these principles.”

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The Meaning of “Liberalism”

by Edwin van de Haar on Apr 22, 2015

Drawing on the work of Michael Freeden, Edwin van de Haar argues that supporters of liberty only really require three labels.

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You Don’t Own Me

by Timothy Sandefur on Mar 19, 2015

Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.