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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.

Coke, Edward (1552-1634)

by Stephen M. Sheppard

Edward Coke was a prominent lawyer and author who promoted constitutionalism and rights-based justification of law and the powers of government.

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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.

Biographical

Comte, Charles (1782-1887)

by David Hart

Charles Comte, politician and prominent writer, was a principle figure in promoting classical liberalism in France in the early 19th century.

Biographical

Condorcet, Marquis de (1748-1794)

by David Hart

An advocate for enlightenment and liberal reforms, Marquis de Condorcet had a brief but eventful influence as part the French Revolutionary government.

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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.

Policy

Conscription

by Doug Bandow

Conscription, or mandatory military service, has been implemented a number of times in U.S. history, but often under incomplete justification.

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Consequentialism

by Terry Price

Consequentialism, meaning 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

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

Biographical

Constant, Benjamin (1767-1830)

by David Hart

Though famous for his novel, Adolphe, Constant is also known in the English-speaking world for his writings on liberal constitutionalism.

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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.

Policy

Corruption

by John Samples

Corruption in government is a widely discussed issue, as its impacts on government effectiveness impact democratic institutions and individual liberty.