The decrees of a tyrant are not law, but violent lawlessness. Are the decrees of a democratic legislature any better?
Dickinson writes on the importance of opposing the Townshend Acts, which threatened the sovereignty of the Thirteen Colonies.
Showing respect for others means taking their rights and their autonomy seriously, not simply being concerned for their welfare.
In these selections from his speeches and writings, Richard Cobden discusses the benefits of free trade, arguing against tariffs and militarism.
Problems with a “Fair Rate of Return”
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.
Shenoy contrasts the results produced in the two halves of Berlin, one under communism and the other capitalism, to show planning is not required for growth.
Empire-building abroad is incompatible with domestic liberty.
The goal is freedom, but how do we get there safely?
In this final section, Childs generalizes his analysis of big business’s effect on public policy.
Having rejected Marxist, liberal, and conservative historical lenses, Childs applies a libertarian one. He first considers the railroad industry.
Liberal, conservative, and Marxist historians all offer flawed interpretations of the Progressive Era. A different historical lens is needed.
This 1971 essay was serialized in Reason. In this opening part of the essay, Childs discusses history, philosophy, and revisionism.
This speech discusses the importance of the rule of law and property rights in India in the decades following independence from the United Kingdom.
Tucker addresses the Unitarian Ministers’ Institute in 1890.
Left and right both want to control others through the state; libertarianism, says Hess, is anti-political because it seeks to dismantle state control.
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.