Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power.
Social order is often the unintended consequence of many people’s actions, rather than the intentional design of one person.
When it comes to checking tyranny, the jury box beats the ballot box.
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.”
Drawing on the work of Michael Freeden, Edwin van de Haar argues that supporters of liberty only really require three labels.
Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.
Roy Childs argues that Rand’s Objectivism logically implies support for anarchism, not for a single state that can exclude competitors within its territory.
This comparison of Rand and Smith was originally given as a presentation at Clemson University; this is a transcript.
Download Leonard Liggio’s dissertation on Charles Dunoyer.
Implementing policies like those proposed by Thomas Piketty would undermine the government’s legitimacy, which depends on the limits to its powers.
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.
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.
Donohue explains how modern libertarianism traces back to the Antifederalists, the group opposed to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
Martin Gurri discusses how the tidal wave of information rising in the past few decades has transformed the relationship between authority figures and the public.
Originally published over several months in 1992, Raico’s brief history of classical liberalism was written in memory of Roy A. Childs, Jr.
Erasmus, a great Renaissance scholar, was a champion of peace and religious toleration.
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass became a prominent abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights.
In the Republic, Plato discusses with Adeimantus the benefits of specialization and the division of labor.