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 For Cato and Libertarianism.org, he produces regular historical content, columns, and scripts for the “Classics of Liberty” podcast.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.
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.
Natalie Dowzicky, Research Assistant
Natalie Dowzicky is a Research Assistant at Libertarianism.org. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Natalie graduated from the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of the Arts in Leadership Studies and Latino Studies. She is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoys travelling to new cities.
Gabrielle Okun, Marketing Assistant
Gabrielle Okun is the Marketing Assistant for Libertarianism.org. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2017 with a B.A. in History. In her free time, she enjoys studying foreign languages, traveling, and drawing.