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by Timothy Sandefur

Censorship laws, which have taken a variety of forms, are a tool government uses to silence individuals & thought.


Charity/Friendly Societies

by David Beito

Charitable, fraternal and friendly societies benefit members and overall society while also maintaining freedom and choice of association.



by Maureen Kelley

In this entry, Marueen Kelley explains some libertarian takes and positions on social issues in which children become the focus of discussion.


Childs, Roy A. (1949-1992)

by Joan Kennedy Taylor

Childs, a writer and speaker of the libertarian movement in the 1960s and 1970s, also popularized the anarcho-capitalist movement of libertarian thought.


Chodorov, Frank (1887-1966)

by Aaron Steelman

A writer and thinker during the 20th century, Frank Chodorov added significantly to libertarian thought and the theory of individualism.


Cicero (106-43 BC)

by Tom G. Palmer

Cicero, a great early writer and orator, articulated a universal legal order that was to become foundational for the natural law tradition.



by Stephen Davies

Throughout history, the role of cities has varied. They are crucial stages for the self-organization of people and for the exchange of goods and ideas.


Civil Society

by Stephen Davies

Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.


Civil War, US

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

In this entry, Jeff Hummel explains the events and effects of the U.S. Civil War from the perspective of how it both questioned and realized liberty.


Clark, Ed (1930-)

by David Boaz

The 1980 Libertarian party presidential candidate, Ed Clark is a public figure for the libertarian movement who played an important role popularizing it.


Classical Economics

by Mark Skousen

Classical economics, the position held by supporters of the free market and limited government, is one of the core tenants of the libertarian platform.


Coase, Ronald H. (1910-2013)

by Douglas MacKenzie

The work of Ronald H. Coase, most famously the concept known as Coase’s theorem, has provided insight to law, economics, and how they intersect.


Cobden, Richard (1804-1865)

by John M. Brady

One of the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League, Richard Cobden is considered an example of a liberal thinker with considerable success in changing British policy.



by Terry Price

Coercion, the use of force to persuade or limit individual action, has typically been seen as a power of government. It must still be justified.

Coke, Edward (1552-1634)

by Stephen M. Sheppard

Edward Coke was a prominent lawyer and author who promoted constitutionalism and rights-based justification of law and the powers of government.



by Jeremy Shearmur

Collectivism advocates state control over the economy and civil society. Philosophically, collectivism resembles socialism and opposes individualism.


Common Law

by Andrew Morriss

Common law describes the form of law used to resolve disputes between individuals where decisions are made based on intent, effects, and circumstances.



by Michael Chapman

Communism is the political system in which all aspects of life are planned by the state. Its presence has been devastating for millions of people.