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How Property Rights Contribute to Peacable Societies

by Alexis de Tocqueville on Jun 16, 1835

Property rights in democratic societies contribute much to peaceable relations among men as they pursue commercial endeavors and become wary of radical politics.

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On Freedom of the Press

by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835

Alexis de Tocqueville comments on the Freedom of the Press, explaining why it contributes to peacable societies despite the press’ volatility.

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The Effects of Liberty on Religion

by Adam Smith in 1776

Adam Smith argues that religious liberty tempers the nefarious effects of fanaticism and allows for rational moderation to prevail in religious societies.

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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

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

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

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

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

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