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Bentham, Jeremy (1748-1832)

by T. Patrick Burke

Jeremy Bentham is known by most as the father of utilitarianism. He wrote in favor of free-markets, a pragmatic view of rights, and rational policy-making.

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Bill of Rights, US

by Randy E. Barnett

The contents and necessity of the first 10 Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, first debated by Federalists and Anti-Federalists, remains relevant today.

Policy

Bioethics

by Sigrid Fry-Revere

Sigrid Fry-Revere outlines a libertarian take on ethics and explains how this framework can be considered in issues dealing with the human body.

Policy

Black Markets

by Paul Dragos Aligica

The black market refers to those markets involving extra-legal organizations and paths for the trade of goods and services.

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Branden, Nathaniel (1930-2014)

by Chris Sciabarra

Often called the father of the self-esteem movement, Nathaniel Branden was a noted psychologist and author who favored personal freedom and choice.

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Bright, John (1811-1859)

by Aaron Steelman

One of the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League, John Bright was an advocate for small government and non-interventionist foreign policy.

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Brown, John (1800-1859)

by Roderick T. Long

John Brown was a dedicated leader of the American abolitionist movement, often known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.

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Buchanan, James M. (1919-2013)

by Peter T. Leeson

One of the leading economists of the last century, James M. Buchanan was one of the founders of the public choice theory of economics.

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Buckle, Henry Thomas (1821-1862)

by George H. Smith

Henry Thomas Buckle was a great British historian of the 19th century who dedicated his life to completing a comprehensive history of English culture.

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Bureaucracy

by Paul Dragos Aligica

Bureaucratic organizations rely on hierarchal structures and uniform processes to accomplish tasks, an approach to organization that libertarians often critique.

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Burke, Edmund (1729-1797)

by Michiel Visser

A noted British philosopher and politician, Edmund Burke is remembered as the father of Conservatism, though his work influenced all of classical liberal thought.

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Burlamaqui, Jean-Jacques (1649-1748)

by Stephen Davies

Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui contributed greatly to philosophical thought with his widely read volumes commenting on and popularizing the work of other philosophers.

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Böhm-Bawerk, Eugen von (1851-1914)

by Lawrence H. White

Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk and his signature work, Capital and Interest, contributed majorly to the Austrian School of economics and the concept of interest.

Policy

Campaign Finance

by Bradley Smith

In this entry, Bradley Smith outlines the trends and outcomes of campaign finance reform legislation over the past 100 years.

Cantillon, Richard (c.1680-1734)

by George H. Smith

A notable early economist, Richard Cantillon is influential for his theories on the self-regulating market, entrepreneurship, and prices.

Policy

Capital Punishment

by Jarrett Decker

Also known as the death penalty, capital punishment has divided libertarians over the power of government and the justice of criminal procedures.

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Capitalism

by Stephen Davies

Capitalism is the economic system used by a majority of modern democracies today, in which the private ownership, exchange, and use of property is promoted.

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Cato’s Letters

by Ronald Hamowy

Cato’s Letters were letters published in 18th cent. Britain, focused on the concept of liberty and questioned tyrannical authority structures.