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Against Paternalism

by Neera K. Badhwar on Oct 19, 2015

Showing respect for others means taking their rights and their autonomy seriously, not simply being concerned for their welfare.

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A Cobden Digest on Free Trade

by Richard Cobden on Nov 5, 2015

In these selections from his speeches and writings, Richard Cobden discusses the benefits of free trade, arguing against tariffs and militarism.

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Agrarian Justice: Excerpt

by Thomas Paine in 1797

In this excerpt from his pamphlet Agrarian Justice, Thomas Paine argues for using land taxes to fund what we would today call a universal basic income.

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Don’t Smash the State

by Steven Horwitz on Sep 17, 2015

The goal is freedom, but how do we get there safely?

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Constitution and the Common Man

by Nani Palkhivala in 1971

This speech discusses the importance of the rule of law and property rights in India in the decades following independence from the United Kingdom.

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The Death of Politics

by Karl Hess in 1969

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.