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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.

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Liggio on Dunoyer

by Leonard P. Liggio on Oct 17, 2014

Download Leonard Liggio’s dissertation on Charles Dunoyer.

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Lao-Tzu Argues for Liberty in Ancient China

by Lao-Tzu in 1891 C.E.

Lao-Tzu urges that the people be largely left alone; if they are not harassed by the state, they can manage their own affairs well enough.

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No Man May Keep Me from My Opinions

by John Stuart Mill in 1859 C.E.

In this excerpt fromOn Liberty, J. S. Mill argues that the right of an individual to her own opinion isn’t only good for her, but for the rest of society, too.