Noted scholars and advocates of liberty offer inspiring visions of a more libertarian world.

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Aaron Ross Powell

Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co‐​host of’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.

Paul Matzko

Paul Matzko is Technology and Innovation Editor at Lib​er​tar​i​an​ism​.org. He has a PhD in History from Pennsylvania State University and recently published a book with Oxford University Press titled, The Radio Right: How a Band Of Broadcasters Took on the Federal Government and Built the Modern Conservative Movement.

Regardless of political commitments, we all want the world to be better. We want people everywhere to be healthier, happier, safer, and more prosperous than ever before. Political liberty—the freedom to live our lives as we want while affording others the right to do the same, free from the heavy hand of the state—is the best way to achieve that goal.

Visions of Liberty is more than just an introduction to the broad scope of political liberty. It will leave you with a strong sense—a clear vision—of what the application of genuine libertarian policies looks like in practice. Our contributors take different approaches. Some look to the past, pointing out how things worked before government got involved. Others look forward, offering future histories that describe how things could play out if we make certain choices. But each of them shares the firm belief that when freed from the meddlesome and coercive hand of the state, people can do amazing things. Liberty unleashes our drive for ingenuity and sense of compassion. This radical vision of a world that might be is truly worth striving for.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to Visions of Liberty
By David Boaz
Introduction to Visions of Liberty
By Aaron Ross Powell and Paul Matzko
A Libertarian Vision for Poverty and Welfare
By Michael D. Tanner
A Libertarian Vision for Education
By Neal McCluskey
A Libertarian Vision for Health Care
By Michael F. Cannon
Imagining a World Without the War on Drugs
By Trevor Burrus
A Libertarian Vision for the Funding of Science
By Terence Kealey
A Libertarian Vision for Regulatory Science
By Patrick Michaels
A Libertarian Vision for Criminal Justice
By Clark Neily
A Libertarian Vision for Intelligence and Surveillance
By Patrick G. Eddington
Unshackling Our Freedom to Trade
By Daniel J. Ikenson
An Alternative History of American Immigration
By Alex Nowrasteh
A Libertarian Vision for Foreign Policy and National Defense
By John Glaser
A Libertarian Vision for Money and Banking
By George Selgin
A Libertarian Vision for Cryptocurrencies
By Diego Zuluaga
A Libertarian Vision for Digital Expression
By Will Duffield
A Libertarian Vision for Technology
By Matthew Feeney
A History of Libertarian Utopianism
By Anthony Comegna
A Libertarian Vision for the Presidency
By Gene Healy
The State in the Gaps
By Jason Kuznicki