David Nolan was one of the founders of the Libertarian Party, and was also the inventor of the Nolan chart, which separates issues of economic and social freedom by representing them on a multidimensional plane, with libertarianism at the top (representing the philosophy espousing the highest degree of both social and economic freedoms). He passed away in 2010.
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Roy A. Childs, Jr. was an essayist, lecturer, and critic. He first came to prominence in the libertarian movement with his 1969 “Open Letter to Ayn Rand,” and he quickly established himself as a major thinker within the libertarian tradition. Childs edited Libertarian Review from 1977 to 1981 and was a Cato Institute scholar from 1982 to 1984. He wrote and edited hundreds of book reviews for Laissez Faire Books from 1984 until his death in 1992.
Thomas Szasz is a psychiatrist and author well known for his criticism of the modern psychiatry movement. He has consistently sought to apply classical liberal principles (such as bodily and mental self ownership) to social science and also explored the consequences of mandatory institutionalization of persons the state deemed to be insane.
Szasz passed away on September 8, 2012.
Marshall Fritz founded the Alliance for the Separation of School and State and Advocates for Self-Government, and was perhaps best known as the creator of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, a 10-question survey that places quiz-takers in one of five categories: Libertarian, Liberal, Centrist, Conservative, or Statist. Fritz passed away in 2008.
David D. Friedman is an economist, political philosopher, and the author of many books including The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, wherein he lays the groundwork for a society based exclusively on voluntary transactions.
Dr. Ron Paul has been a three-time candidate for President of the United States; as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012. He served for many years as the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district, and is widely known for his libertarian views and his criticism of the federal government’s foreign, domestic, and monetary policies. He is the author of several books including The Case for Gold (1982), A Foreign Policy of Freedom (2007), The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008), and Liberty Defined (2011).
Dominick Armentano is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hartford. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Connecticut and specializes in antitrust studies and economic history. His books include Antitrust and Monopoly: Anatomy of a Policy Failure (1990), Antitrust: The Case for Repeal (2007), and The Political Economy of William Graham Sumner (1966).
Gordon Tullock is an economist and professor emeritus of Law and Economics at George Mason University, and is best known for his work on public choice theory.
Peter Bernholz is an economist who teaches at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He studies competitive federalism, hyperinflation, and monetary policy rules embedded in the European Constitution.
Don Ernsberger is the co-founder of the Society for Individual Liberty and was also heavily involved in the creation and philosophical guidance of the Libertarian Party as a member of its National Committee in the 70s and 80s.
In this address at the Libertarian Party’s National Convention in 1987, Ernberger talks about a “culture of freedom” in America, the growth of the Libertarian Party since its inception 16 years prior, and the then-ongoing liberalization of the world’s largest communist states, China and the Soviet Union.
David Kelley is a political philosopher, writer, and the executive director of the Atlas Society. Kelley is a strong proponent of objectivism and has published a wide range of literature including A Life of One’s Own (1998) and The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand (2000).