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, Director and Editor
Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org a project of the Cato Institute, 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.
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 For Cato and Libertarianism.org, he produces regular historical content, columns, and scripts for the “Classics of Liberty” podcast.
Paul Matzko, Assistant Editor, Technology and Innovation
Paul Matzko is the Assistant Editor for Tech and Innovation at Libertarianism.org. He received a PhD in History from Pennsylvania State University with a dissertation on the John F. Kennedy administration’s successful efforts to censor Right-wing radio broadcasters in the 1960s. He has published articles with Presidential Studies Quarterly and Fides et Historia.
Tess Terrible, Senior Producer
Tess Terrible is a senior producer at Libertarianism.org. She graduated from Emerson College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communications. In her spare time, she enjoys studying ballet, listening to podcasts and organizing her bullet journal.
Cara Wood, Digital Marketing Manager
Cara Wood is the Digital Marketing Manager at Libertarianism.org. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2014 with a degree in History. She’s interested in women’s history, Zumba, and sending super helpful emails to Libertarianism.org’s subscribers. She spends most of her free time trying to make sure her beagle doesn’t get into the trash.
Sofie O’Mara, Research Assistant
Sofie O’Mara is a Research Assistant at Libertarianism.org. She is from Perth, Western Australia. Sofie graduated in 2016 from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Human Resources. In her spare time, Sofie loves running and listening to podcasts.