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Abolitionism

by George H. Smith

Abolitionism was the 19th century anti-slavery movement promoting the equal civil and political rights for African Americans and complete rejection of slavery.

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Abortion

by Wendy McElroy

The debate over abortion & its implications for nations, citizens, public health & equality are outlined, showing division across all views.

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Acton, Lord (1834-1902)

by Gregory Gronbacher

Lord Acton was a respected British historian and an advocate for limited government, religious freedom, and the Christian perspective of positive liberty.

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Adams, John (1735-1826)

by Michiel Visser

John Adams, known as the 2nd US President, played a vital role in the American Revolution and contributed to the philosophy behind the US Constitution.

Policy

Affirmative Action

by Clint Bolick

Affirmative Action, programs meant to counteract racial discrimination, may also complicate equality despite striving to reach it.

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American Revolution

by Robert M. S. McDonald

Robert McDonald outlines the key events of the American Revolution, one of the most influential successes of liberty to date.

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Anarchism

by Bryan Caplan

The most minimal proposed form of state organization, anarchism, is the philosophy of the absence of government.

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Anarcho-Capitalism

by Andrew Morriss

Anarcho-capitalism is one proposed type of anarchism, where market actors provide all goods and services to society, including security and common public goods.

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Anti-Corn Law League

by Aaron Steelman

The Anti-Corn Law League was a group that opposed the protectionist British Corn Laws and have been praised as a model for achieving radical libertarian reform.

Antitrust

by Donald J. Boudreaux

Antitrust legislation seeks to break up big companies and industry monopolies in order to keep markets competitive, but sometimes favors narrow interest groups.

Biographical

Aquinas, Thomas (c. 1225-1274)

by George H. Smith

Thomas Aquinas was a philosopher who greatly influenced Catholic thought and promoted law not as a way to regulate morality, but to allow human choice.

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Aristotle (382-322 BC)

by Fred Miller

Known as one of the most foundational ancient thinkers, Aristotle’s works explored morality and ethics along with government and social organization.

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Arts and Public Support

by Louis Torres

Government support and funding for the arts has been contested for its too restrictive, too loose, or too political attempts to define art.

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Assurance and Trust

by Daniel B. Klein

Assurance and trust are vital in any transaction. In this entry, Daniel Klein overviews the ways in which assurance arises and who should oversee it.

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Banking, Austrian Theory Of

by Guido Hülsmann

Debates over money and banking policy ask to what degree should the government intervene? The Austrian Theory of Banking proposes: very little.

Biographical

Bastiat, Frédéric (1801-1850)

by Guido Hülsmann

Frederic Bastiat was a 19th century economist whose writings have been foundational to the individualism & free trade economics movements.

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Bauer, Peter (1915-2002)

by James A. Dorn

Peter Bauer’s work in economic development and the role of foreign aid institutions questioned previously accepted maxims about the “solution” to global poverty.

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Becker, Gary S. (1930-2014)

by Aaron Steelman

Gary S. Becker was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992. His work has been influential in the modern sciences of sociology and economics.