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Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)

by David Fitzsimons

Thomas Paine was a political agitator who wrote to empower people to replace their existing tyrannical governments with liberal republics.

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Paterson, Isabel (1886-1961)

by Stephen Cox

Isabel Paterson was one of the first well-known libertarian women of her era. She wrote in avid support of minimal government and the free economy.

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Paul, Ron (1935-)

by David Boaz

Ron Paul was the 1988 Libertarian Party presidential nominee and is a public figure who has helped bring libertarianism to political attention.

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Popper, Karl (1902-1994)

by Jeremy Shearmur

Karl Popper’s theory of knowledge and writings on social philosophy helped to shape much of today’s methodology of social science.

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Posner, Richard A. (1939-)

by Aaron Steelman

Richard A. Posner is a judge and legal theorist whose work was the foundation for the law and economics movement, which approaches law through economics.

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Pound, Roscoe (1870-1964)

by Stephen B. Presser

Roscoe Pound was an influential legal scholar whose “sociological jurisprudence” approach tried to adjust the law to better match social realities. 

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Price, Richard (1723-1791)

by Wendy McElroy

Richard Price was a British philosopher who supported American Independence and the French Revolution and whose work focused on reason in ethics.

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Proudhon, Pierre-Joseph (1809-1865)

by Aaron Steelman

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, self-described both as an anarchist and as a socialist, contributed several rebukes of government and defenses of individualism.