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.
In this essay, Ralph Raico examines the libertarian case for gay rights and describes how that case was expressed in the Libertarian Party’s positions.
Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.
Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
Smith discusses the common allegation that Spencer took many of his ideas from Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.
Samuel Adams was an important popular agitator and organizer during the American Revolution.
Roger Williams founded the colony of Rhode Island and was an important advocate of freedom of religion.
Born a slave, Booker T. Washington went on to found Tuskegee University, and raised money for many other black schools and colleges.
As a Swedish diplomat in Hungary, Raoul Wallenberg saved nearly 100,000 lives from execution by the Nazis.
Alexis de Toqueville was an important theorist of democratic society. He is best known as the author of Democracy in America.