March 10, 1995 Video Collection

Leonard Liggio on the Rise of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

Liggio recounts the story of the modern libertarian movement in America, beginning with the resistance to FDR’s New Deal programs in the 1930s

Leonard Liggio is currently the Executive Vice President of Academics at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Institute for Humane Studies, and a Research Professor at George Mason University’s School of Law.

In this talk, given at a Future of Freedom Foundation event in 1995, Liggio recounts the story of the modern libertarian movement in America, beginning with the resistance to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs in the 1930s and continuing through the 1940s and 1960s with the founding of think tanks like the Foundation for Economic Education and the Institute for Humane studies. Liggio talks about the impact of certain individuals on the libertarian movement during this time period, including Leonard Reed, William Volker, Milton Friedman, Baldy Harper, Henry Hazlitt, Loren ‘Red’ Miller, Murray Rothbard, Frank Chodorov, George Stigler, and others.