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by Robert Higgs

War is often costly both to the nation and to individual liberties. Most libertarians are skeptical of war or see it as a necessary evil.


War on Terror

by John Mueller

The “war on terror” began in response the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. In its efforts to curtail terrorism, it has threatened individual liberties.


War Powers

by Gene Healy

The dangers of war make it necessary to prevent hasty entry to war. It should be worrying, therefore, that controls on executive war-making have waned.


Washington, George (1732-1799)

by Jonathan Rowe

As the first president of the United States, George Washington set the standard for peaceful republicanism and responsible divided leadership.


Wealth and Poverty

by Dwight R. Lee

Wealth is born from production and meeting the demands of the market. As such, liberty encourages wealth, while government over-regulation may destroy it.


Welfare State

by Michael D. Tanner

Most modern democratic states are welfare states, or those that attempt to provide services to citizens through coercive wealth redistribution.



by Ronald Hamowy

British Whigs were early supporters of constitutionalism and later continued to work for a platform of classical liberalism and republicanism.


Wicksell, Knut (1851-1926)

by Richard E. Wagner

Knut Wicksell was a Swedish economist whose insights on banking and investment influenced and anticipated the work of public choice economists.


Wilberforce, William (1759-1833)

by Lawrence W. Reed

William Wilberforce was a British abolitionist leader. His activism changed public opinion and aided in the abolition of the British slave trade.


Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797)

by Wendy McElroy

Mary Wollstonecraft was a noted figure of the Enlightenment, contributing one of the most influential feminist works of her time.