One of the best-known writers of the 20th cent., Michel Foucault criticized overreaching authority structures as well as state and social coercion.
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Free trade allows for goods and services to move freely across borders. As a free system, it is the best way to distribute resources to those that value them most.
In free markets, voluntary interaction makes up the economy’s structure, allowing for little to no state regulation and thus mutually beneficial trade.
While valued by many schools of thought, freedom can be understood in a variety of ways, such as the difference between positive and negative freedom.
Freedom of speech is a pillar of a free society. In this entry, Alan Charles Kors discusses how it has been attacked even in modern democracies.
Freedom of thought includes the notion that religion and personal value systems should be unregulated, and that expressing all values must be permitted.
Despite its devastating consequences, the French Revolution (1789-1799) was a major event in the spread of democratic ideals.
David Friedman is a prominent intellectual whose critical writings on economics, law, and the state have contributed to the advancement of libertarian ideas.
The winner of the Nobel Prize in 1976, Milton Friedman was a recent leading economist who advocated free market liberalism through public policy.
The fusionist platform advocated by Frank S. Meyer attempted to combine traditional values of conservatism with individual liberties and limited government.
Regulation of gambling, while intended to reduce the harm of compulsive gambling, has typically done more harm than help.
William Lloyd Garrison, known as the editor of the anti-slavery newspaper Liberator, was an outspoken and radical leader for the abolitionist movement.
In light of the eugenics movement of the early-to-mid 20th century, genetics is often a dangerous topic in today’s scientific discourse.
The former prime minster of the United Kingdom, William Ewart Gladstone was a statesman advocating a platform of limited government and free-market economics.
Globalization, the ongoing process of the exchange of people, goods, and ideas across borders, raises the wealth and quality of life for people globally.
The Glorious Revolution brought Mary II and William III of Orange to the English throne and soothed the religious and political conflict of the English Civil Wars.
A popular novelist as well as a political philosopher, William Godwin was one of the first influential writers on the topic of philosophical anarchism.
Barry Goldwater’s stark commitment to a platform of freedom and limited government helped to realign public opinion in support of economic conservatism.