Liberty. It’s a simple idea and the linchpin of a complex system of values and practices: justice, prosperity, responsibility, toleration, cooperation, and peace. Many people believe that liberty is the core political value of modern civilization itself, the one that gives substance and form to all the other values of social life. They’re called libertarians.
Libertarianism.org is the Cato Institute’s treasury of resources about the theory and history of liberty.
We offer a wealth of original essays and classic reprints by great classical liberals and libertarians, articles from modern-day thinkers, book reviews, three podcast series, videos, online introductory courses, and books on a variety of topics within the libertarian tradition.
Aaron Ross Powell, Editor
Aaron Ross Powell is a Cato Institute research fellow and founder and editor of Libertarianism.org, as well as co-host of the Free Thoughts podcast. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Liberty, and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.
Grant Babcock, Associate Editor
Grant Babcock is Associate Editor of Libertarianism.org and a scholar of political philosophy. His interests include nonviolent action, epistemology of the social sciences, Austrian economics, libertarian anarchism, and finding libertarian-compatible responses to cultural problems. Grant holds an MA in Public Policy with a Concentration in Philosophy and Social Policy from George Washington University.
Evan Banks, Producer
Evan Banks is Libertarianism.org’s producer and multimedia manager. Prior to co-founding the site in 2011, he graduated from American University’s School of Communication and holds a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. In addition to his work at Libertarianism.org, he enjoys craft beer, Pittsburgh hockey and the writings of the late Hunter S. Thompson.
Crystal Zhao, Marketing Manager
Crystal Zhao is the Marketing Manager for Libertarianism.org and runs the strategy and operations for its marketing and outreach. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Government and Communication Studies. During her free time, Crystal likes to connect the dots she finds from all of the articles, podcasts, and books she consumes. She also likes to do this under the warm sunshine, whilst catching bubbles, and sometimes during yoga.
Anthony Comegna, Assistant Editor for Intellectual History
Anthony Comegna received his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in history from the University of Pittsburgh, where he specialized in early American, intellectual, and Atlantic history. His dissertation, “The Dupes of Hope Forever:” The Loco-Foco or Equal Rights Movement, 1820s-1870s, revives the submerged and forgotten legacy of locofocoism. Anthony has taught undergraduate courses in American history and Western Civilization. For Cato and Libertarianism.org, he produces regular historical content, columns, and scripts for the “Classics of Liberty” podcast.