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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.

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Brutus’ Anti-Federalist No. 1

by Robert Yates in 1787

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

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

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.

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High Prices and Low Prices

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1845

In this excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat dispels the notion that policymakers should attempt to attain “high” or “low” prices.

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The Sanctity of Private Life: Benjamin Constant

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Swiss-born thinker, politician, author, and activist Benjamin Constant defended freedom in France against the ancien regime, the Terror, and Napoleon.

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The Candle Makers’ Petition

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1845

In this satirical essay, Bastiat petitions on behalf of candle makers for the protection from foreign competition, the sun.

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An Independent Judiciary: Edward Coke

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.

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Freedom From Plunder: Frédéric Bastiat

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.

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How Laissez-Faire Made Sweden Rich

by Johan Norberg on Oct 25, 2013

Sweden often gets held up as an example of how socialism can work better than markets. But, as Norberg shows, Sweden’s history in fact points to the opposite conclusion.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 5

by George H. Smith on Oct 22, 2013

George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.

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The Humble Case for Liberty

by Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 17, 2013

The virtue of humility is found in recognizing our limits—and that humility ought to make us libertarians.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Oct 15, 2013

George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.