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La Boétie, Étienne de (1530-1563)

by Sharon Presley

Étienne de La Boétie’s essay, the Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, called for widespread civil disobedience and remains an influence on anarchism.


Lane, Rose Wilder (1886-1968)

by Amy Sturgis

Rose Wilder Lane was an author and reporter who became one of the most prominent libertarian women writing in the 20th century.


Lao Tzu (c. 600 BC)

by James A. Dorn

Lao Tzu’s anticipatory work argued that a harmonious and prosperous society was one in which people could make their own economic and personal decisions.


Las Casas, Bartolomé de (1474-1566)

by Alejandro A. Chafuen

Bartolome de Las Casas wrote detailed accounts of Spanish colonization of the Americas and fought for the rights of American Indians.


LeFevre, Robert (1911-1986)

by Brian Doherty

Robert LeFevre established educational programs and supported publications that aimed to spread and popularize libertarian ideas.


Leggett, William (1801-1839)

by Lawrence H. White

In his writings, William Leggett attacked government regulation of commerce and the rent-seeking behaviors of business.


Locke, John (1632-1704)

by Eric Mack

John Locke’s work on natural rights, property, and the limits of just governments makes him a central philosopher among classical liberals.