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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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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.

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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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Bill of Rights, US

by Randy E. Barnett

The contents and necessity of the first 10 Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, first debated by Federalists and Anti-Federalists, remains relevant today.

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Bureaucracy

by Paul Dragos Aligica

Bureaucratic organizations rely on hierarchal structures and uniform processes to accomplish tasks, an approach to organization that libertarians often critique.

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Capitalism

by Stephen Davies

Capitalism is the economic system used by a majority of modern democracies today, in which the private ownership, exchange, and use of property is promoted.

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Cato’s Letters

by Ronald Hamowy

Cato’s Letters were letters published in 18th cent. Britain, focused on the concept of liberty and questioned tyrannical authority structures.

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Charity/Friendly Societies

by David Beito

Charitable, fraternal and friendly societies benefit members and overall society while also maintaining freedom and choice of association.

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Children

by Maureen Kelley

In this entry, Marueen Kelley explains some libertarian takes and positions on social issues in which children become the focus of discussion.

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Cities

by Stephen Davies

Throughout history, the role of cities has varied. They are crucial stages for the self-organization of people and for the exchange of goods and ideas.

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Civil Society

by Stephen Davies

Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.

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Civil War, US

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

In this entry, Jeff Hummel explains the events and effects of the U.S. Civil War from the perspective of how it both questioned and realized liberty.

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Classical Economics

by Mark Skousen

Classical economics, the position held by supporters of the free market and limited government, is one of the core tenants of the libertarian platform.

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Coercion

by Terry Price

Coercion, the use of force to persuade or limit individual action, has typically been seen as a power of government. It must still be justified.

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Collectivism

by Jeremy Shearmur

Collectivism advocates state control over the economy and civil society. Philosophically, collectivism resembles socialism and opposes individualism.