In this final interview before his death in 2002, philosopher Robert Nozick covers a range of topics, including his purported repudiation of libertarianism.
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.
A look at Isabel Paterson’s The God of the Machine, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A look at Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A look at Rose Wilder Lane’s The Discovery of Freedom, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A short biography of Ayn Rand, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A short biography of Isabel Paterson, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A short biography of Rose Wilder Lane, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.
Edmund Burke describes how the new rulers of France “despise experience as the wisdom of unlettered men.” From Reflections on the Revolution in France.
The birth of the modern American libertarian movement can arguably be traced to the work of three women.
In this short excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat demonstrates the absurdity of supposed economic benefits from inefficiency.
Common Sense: On the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution
Thomas Paine critiques and expounds upon ideas of government. Claiming it is but a “necessary evil” and distinguishing it from society at large.
In his first of several letters to the citizens of the United States, Thomas Paine calls into question the legitimacy of the Federalist Papers.
Alexander Hamilton explains the importance of the Senate’s “advise and consent” power, arguing for its necessity as a check on the executive branch.
Hume explores the nature of political society and argues that there is some basic utility to the state.
Anti-federalist Robert Yates (under the pseudonym Brutus) argues against the constitution, foreseeing many of the expansions of federal power that came to pass.
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.
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.