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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.


Bauer, Peter (1915-2002)

by James A. Dorn

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


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.


Bentham, Jeremy (1748-1832)

by T. Patrick Burke

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.


Branden, Nathaniel (1930-2014)

by Chris Sciabarra

Often called the father of the self-esteem movement, Nathaniel Branden was a noted psychologist and author who favored personal freedom and choice.


Bright, John (1811-1859)

by Aaron Steelman

One of the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League, John Bright was an advocate for small government and non-interventionist foreign policy.


Brown, John (1800-1859)

by Roderick T. Long

John Brown was a dedicated leader of the American abolitionist movement, often known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.


Buchanan, James M. (1919-2013)

by Peter T. Leeson

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, Henry Thomas (1821-1862)

by George H. Smith

Buckle was a great British historian of the 19th century who dedicated his life to completing a comprehensive history of English culture.


Burke, Edmund (1729-1797)

by Michiel Visser

Edmund Burke is remembered as the father of Conservatism, though his work influenced all of classical liberal thought.


Burlamaqui, Jean-Jacques (1649-1748)

by Stephen Davies

Burlamaqui contributed greatly to philosophical thought with his widely read volumes commenting on and popularizing the work of other philosophers.


Böhm-Bawerk, Eugen von (1851-1914)

by Lawrence H. White

Böhm-Bawerk and his signature work, Capital and Interest, contributed majorly to the Austrian School of economics and the concept of interest.