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Macaulay, Thomas Babington (1800-1859)

by Walter Olson

Thomas Babington Macaulay was a powerful voice for classical liberal ideas, writing great historical volumes and political essays on individual freedoms.

Biographical

MacBride, Roger Lea (1929-1995)

by David Boaz

With his electoral vote in 1972 and presidential campaign in 1976, Roger Lea MacBride expanded the influence of the Libertarian Party. 

Biographical

Madison, James (1750-1836)

by Michael Zuckert

James Madison was instrumental in creating the values behind the United States Constitution, both as one of its primary authors and in his own writings.

Topical

Magna Carta

by Stephen Davies

Renowned as one of the first documents limiting royal authority, Magna Carta established written rules and limits of political institutions.

Biographical

Maine, Henry Sumner (1822-1888)

by George Carey

Henry Sumner Maine was a legal scholar of the 1800s. His best-known work, Ancient Law, explained development of societal structure.

Biographical

Mandeville, Bernard (1670-1733)

by George H. Smith

Bernard Mandeville’s controversial essays and allegories raised questions about justice and socially or morally virtuous actions.

Policy

Market Failure

by Tyler Cowen

Many libertarians argue that though market failures exist, private solutions still work more effectively than government intervention.

Policy

Marriage

by Allen M. Parkman

Marriage, once just a social institution, now implies a legal relationship, with some limitations that could be changed for greater social benefit.

Topical

Marxism

by Jason Kuznicki

Marxism is the philosophy calling for the working class to overcome capitalism and institute a socialist society. Politically, it has only caused disaster.

Biographical

Mason, George (1725-1792)

by Robert M. S. McDonald

George Mason was a Virginian statesman who decried the centralization of government authority and was one of the major supporters of a written Bill of Rights.

Topical

Material Progress

by Donald J. Boudreaux

The advancement of material progress, or quality of life, has increased dramatically within the past few hundred years and continues increasing today.

Biographical

Mencken, H. L. (1880-1956)

by Rod L. Evans

Henry Louis Mencken was a prolific and stalwart writer, protesting government overreach and planning in newspapers and his own books.

Biographical

Menger, Carl (1840-1921)

by Lawrence H. White

A founding influence of the Austrian School of economics, Carl Menger predominantly wrote on the subjects of prices, marginal utility, and money. 

Topical

Mercantilism

by George H. Smith

Mercantilism was the belief that wealth of nations was based on the amount of money held by the nation, through high internal protections and a focus on exports.

Biographical

Meyer, Frank S. (1909-1972)

by Christopher A. Preble

Frank S. Meyer was a major advocate of the right-wing fusionist movement, which attempted to unite elements of libertarianism and traditional conservatism.

Policy

Military-Industrial Complex

by Christopher A. Preble

The alliance of the military technology industry and the growth of the government’s war authority has led to increasingly aggressive foreign policy.

Biographical

Mill, John Stuart (1806-1873)

by Aeon Skoble

John Stuart Mill was a philosopher best known for his contributions to a free-market, more freedom-oriented view of utilitarianism.

Biographical

Milton, John (1608-1674)

by Antony Flew

Best known for the epic Paradise Lost, John Milton was an active voice for republican government and individualism during the English Civil Wars.