Privatization occurs when government grants control of an industry to market forces, often leading to greater efficiency and choice.
Libertarians celebrate increasing individual liberties as the main fuel for human progress - material, moral, and intellectual.
The Progressive Era of the early 20th century brought a new wave of social and economic reform that fueled a much more interventionist government.
The Prohibition of alcohol, from 1919-1933, though intended to reduce alcohol consumption, merely made alcohol consumption more dangerous.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, self-described both as an anarchist and as a socialist, contributed several rebukes of government and defenses of individualism.
Libertarians are skeptical of some approaches to psychiatry especially when it involves government or when patients are coerced into accepting treatment.
Public choice theory, now popular among academics, approaches economic and political phenomena by examining individual choices and interests.
Puritans were Protestant Christians in England and Scotland who fought for reform of the church against Anglican opposition and backlash.
The Declaration of Independence famously spoke of right to “the pursuit of happiness,” a phrase that has been questioned as to its extent and meaning.