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Robert Nozick’s Final Interview

by Robert Nozick and Julian Sanchez on Jul 26, 2001

In this final interview before his death in 2002, philosopher Robert Nozick covers a range of topics, including his purported repudiation of libertarianism.

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What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

by Frederick Douglass in 1852 C.E.

In this excerpt from a July 4th speech in 1852, Frederick Douglass highlights the contradiction of a country founded on liberty and yet supportive of slavery.

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The God of the Machine

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A look at Isabel Paterson’s The God of the Machine, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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The Fountainhead

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A look at Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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The Discovery of Freedom

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A look at Rose Wilder Lane’s The Discovery of Freedom, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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Ayn Rand

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A short biography of Ayn Rand, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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Isabel Paterson

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A short biography of Isabel Paterson, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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Rose Wilder Lane

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A short biography of Rose Wilder Lane, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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Against the Men of Theory

by Edmund Burke in 1790 C.E.

Edmund Burke describes how the new rulers of France “despise experience as the wisdom of unlettered men.” From Reflections on the Revolution in France.

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Three Women Who Launched a Movement

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

The birth of the modern American libertarian movement can arguably be traced to the work of three women.

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A Negative Railroad

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1845 C.E.

In this short excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat demonstrates the absurdity of supposed economic benefits from inefficiency.

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The Federalist No. 76

by Alexander Hamilton in 1788 C.E.

Alexander Hamilton explains the importance of the Senate’s “advise and consent” power, arguing for its necessity as a check on the executive branch.

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Of Political Society

by David Hume in 1748 C.E.

Hume explores the nature of political society and argues that there is some basic utility to the state.

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Brutus’ Anti-Federalist No. 1

by Robert Yates in 1787 C.E.

Anti-federalist Robert Yates (under the pseudonym Brutus) argues against the constitution, foreseeing many of the expansions of federal power that came to pass.

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The Tax Collector

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1848 C.E.

In this parable, Bastiat conceives a conversation between a wine maker and a tax collector. The wine maker comes to realize the folly of government spending.

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Brutus’ Anti-Federalist No. 8

by Robert Yates in 1788 C.E.

Yates (writing under the pseudonym “Brutus”) argues that the constitutional power to raise an army and borrow money will lead to an expansion of state power.