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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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.
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.
Known as one of the most foundational ancient thinkers, Aristotle’s works explored morality and ethics along with government and social organization.
Frederic Bastiat was a 19th century economist whose writings have been foundational to the individualism & free trade economics movements.
Bauer’s work in economic development and the role of foreign aid institutions disputed previously accepted ideas about the “solution” to global poverty.
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.
Bentham is known by most as the father of utilitarianism. He wrote in favor of free-markets, a pragmatic view of rights, and rational policy-making.
Often called the father of the self-esteem movement, Nathaniel Branden was a noted psychologist and author who favored personal freedom and choice.
One of the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League, John Bright was an advocate for small government and non-interventionist foreign policy.
John Brown was a dedicated leader of the American abolitionist movement, often known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.
One of the leading economists of the last century, James M. Buchanan was one of the founders of the public choice theory of economics.
Buckle was a great British historian of the 19th century who dedicated his life to completing a comprehensive history of English culture.
Edmund Burke is remembered as the father of Conservatism, though his work influenced all of classical liberal thought.
Burlamaqui contributed greatly to philosophical thought with his widely read volumes commenting on and popularizing the work of other philosophers.
Böhm-Bawerk and his signature work, Capital and Interest, contributed majorly to the Austrian School of economics and the concept of interest.
A notable early economist, Richard Cantillon is influential for his theories on the self-regulating market, entrepreneurship, and prices.
Childs, a writer and speaker of the libertarian movement in the 1960s and 1970s, also popularized the anarcho-capitalist movement of libertarian thought.