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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.

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Common Law

by Andrew Morriss

Common law describes the form of law used to resolve disputes between individuals where decisions are made based on intent, effects, and circumstances.

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Communism

by Michael Chapman

Communism is the political system in which all aspects of life are planned by the state. Its presence has been devastating for millions of people.

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Competition

by Douglas MacKenzie

Competition between multiple firms fuels innovation, trade, and efficiency. For this reason, competition is an important part of a free market economy.

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Conscience

by George H. Smith

In this entry, George H. Smith addresses the idea of conscience in western thought and the importance of liberty of conscience to be maintained.

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Consequentialism

by Terry Price

Consequentialism, the viewpoint that consequences matter above other aspects of decision-making, allows for greater attention to detail in policy analysis.

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Conservatism

by George Carey

In this entry, George Carey explores the founding principles of conservatism and the ways in which they can be seen in modern conservative thought.

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Conservative Critique of Libertarianism

by Edward C. Feser

In this entry, Edward C. Feser outlines some common arguments conservatives raise against libertarians and how those criticisms have affected both movements.

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Constitution, U.S.

by David Mayer

The Constitution is the foundational document of the U.S. government. Debates over its interpretation still make a large impact on governmental power.