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Posner, Richard A. (1939-)

by Aaron Steelman

Richard A. Posner is a judge and legal theorist whose work was the foundation for the law and economics movement, which approaches law through economics.

Biographical

Pound, Roscoe (1870-1964)

by Stephen B. Presser

Roscoe Pound was an influential legal scholar whose “sociological jurisprudence” approach tried to adjust the law to better match social realities. 

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Praxeology

by George H. Smith

Praxeology, as popularized by Ludwig von Mises, is an interdisciplinary approach to social questions that abstracts and thus universally explains human action.

Policy

Price Controls

by Donald J. Boudreaux

When the government uses price controls to influence the affordability of products, shortages or surpluses occur - often making the problem worse.

Biographical

Price, Richard (1723-1791)

by Wendy McElroy

Richard Price was a British philosopher who supported American Independence and the French Revolution and whose work focused on reason in ethics.

Policy

Privacy

by Solveig Singleton

Privacy and the government’s treatment of private information has changed with new waves of crime-detecting and information-collecting technology.

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Private Property

by Tom Bethell

Private property succeeds in supporting an ordered, free, and just society where other configurations of property fail.

Policy

Privatization

by Robert Poole

Privatization occurs when government grants control of an industry to market forces, often leading to greater efficiency and choice.

Topical

Progress

by George H. Smith

Libertarians celebrate increasing individual liberties as the main fuel for human progress - material, moral, and intellectual.

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Progressive Era

by Richard Adelstein

The Progressive Era of the early 20th century brought a new wave of socio-economic reform that fueled a much more interventionist government.

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Prohibition of Alcohol

by Jackson Kuhl

The Prohibition of alcohol, from 1919-1933, though intended to reduce alcohol consumption, merely made alcohol consumption more dangerous.

Biographical

Proudhon, Pierre-Joseph (1809-1865)

by Aaron Steelman

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, self-described both as an anarchist and as a socialist, contributed several rebukes of government and defenses of individualism.

Policy

Psychiatry

by Jeffrey A. Schaler

Libertarians are skeptical of some approaches to psychiatry especially when it involves government or when patients are coerced into accepting treatment.

Policy

Public Choice Economics

by William A. Niskanen

Public choice theory, now popular among academics, approaches economic and political phenomena by examining individual choices and interests.

Topical

Puritanism

by Hans Eicholz

Puritans were Protestant Christians in England and Scotland who fought for reform of the church against Anglican opposition and backlash.

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Pursuit of Happiness

by Hans Eicholz

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.

Biographical

Rand, Ayn (1905-1982)

by Chris Sciabarra

Ayn Rand remains one of the best-known and most influential individualist writers, credited with developing the philosophy of Objectivism.

Biographical

Rawls, John (1921-2002)

by Will Wilkinson

John Rawls was a political theorist who revived interest in the field. Though not libertarian, his work can be interpreted in support of some free-market ideas.