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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.

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Constitutionalism

by Timothy Sandefur

Constitutionalism binds the government to a pre-decided set of rules and is favored as a form of limiting government expansion.

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Contractarianism/Social Contract

by Jan Narveson and David Trenchard

One common model of state formation, the social contract consists of the voluntary exchange of protection and rights between governments and citizens.

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Culture

by Kate Zhou

Culture is a fundamental aspect of civil society and human interaction that can extend to influence legality, economics, and ideology as well.

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Decentralism

by Bill Kauffman

Supporters of decentralism argue that central concentration of power threatens liberty and prefer decision-making power to be diffused on a local level.

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Declaration of Independence

by Daniel J. Mahoney

The Declaration of Independence is considered an establishing document of America and the place where the country’s values were initially written out.

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Delegation

by David Schoenbrod

Delegation from the legislature to executive bureaus and others grants these groups additional powers, often at the result of decreased accountability.

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Democracy

by Randall G. Holcombe

In this entry, Randall Holcombe overviews the ideals, strengths, and weaknesses of democracy, particularly as it occurs in states today.

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Division of Labor

by Tyler Cowen

Specialization and division of labor are central parts of the market economy that allow for development and increased efficiency of trade and production.

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Dutch Republic

by Jason Kuznicki

One example of a prosperous and relatively free society, the Dutch Republic was a major world power between the 16th and 18th centuries.

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Economics, Austrian School of

by Peter J. Boettke

Economists in the Austrian School approach their analysis by looking at human choices and behavior, and how human action by itself creates and regulates markets.