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Government

by Jan Narveson and David Trenchard

In this entry, Jan Narveson and David Trenchard outline the major theories of government and critique how modern governments fail in their basic functions.

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Great Depression

by Robert Whaples

The Great Depression, fueled by a chain of bank failures and poor policy decisions, ushered in a permanently larger and more spendthrift government.

Biographical

Harper, Floyd Arthur “Baldy” (1905-1973)

by Will Wilkinson

An accomplished libertarian writer and the founder of the Institute for Humane Studies, Baldy Harper devoted his life to educating others about libertarianism.

Biographical

Hayek, Friedrich A. (1889-1992)

by Ronald Hamowy

F.A. Hayek was one of the most prominent economists and philosophers on the side of free-market economics and individualism; his work is often discussed today.

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Hazlitt, Henry (1894-1993)

by Bettina Greaves

Henry Hazlitt was an economic journalist and popular author whose works explained and elaborated on many libertarian ideas.

Policy

Health Care

by Michael F. Cannon

While health care is valuable, it is best planned and organized by the free market, not imposed by paternalistic governments.

Biographical

Heinlein, Robert (1907-1988)

by Amy Sturgis

Robert Heinlein, author of a number of fundamental science fiction pieces and novels, provided an eerily relevant social critique of the overreach of government.

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Herbert, Auberon (1838-1906)

by Eric Mack

A staunch defender of property rights and opponent to forced redistribution, Auberon Herbert contributed several major works to classical liberalism.

Biographical

Hess, Karl (1923-1994)

by Brian Doherty

An activist, journalist, and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.

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Hobbes, Thomas (1588-1676)

by Jan Narveson and David Trenchard

Thomas Hobbes’ preeminent work, Leviathan, remains one of the major works in the philosophy of government formation.

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Hodgskin, Thomas (1787-1869)

by George H. Smith

Thomas Hodgskin was a British political and economic theorist affiliated most with individualist anarchism, though his writings were vivid and original.

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Hospers, John (1918-2011)

by David Boaz

The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.

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Humanism

by Antony Flew

Originally referring to renaissance thinkers and scholars emphasizing human possibility and achievement, the word “humanist” has taken on other meanings.

Biographical

Humboldt, Wilhelm von (1767-1835)

by Detmar Doering

Known as the namesake of Berlin’s premier university, Wilhelm von Humboldt was a statesman, educational reformer, and German liberal philosopher.

Biographical

Hume, David (1711-1776)

by Jan Narveson and David Trenchard

One of the chief philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment, David Hume contributed a theory of government and morality loosely based on property and utility.

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Hutcheson, Francis

by George H. Smith

Francis Hutcheson’s philosophy addressed moral obligations as they related to personal liberties, virtue, and rights.

Policy

Illicit Drugs

by Bruce Benson

Prohibitive and restrictive legislation towards drug use is both ineffective and does more harm to individuals than good.

Policy

Immigration

by Daniel T. Griswold

Historically, the US maintained a stance of open borders. Only in recent years have immigration regulations been put into place.