Barry Goldwater’s stark commitment to a platform of freedom and limited government helped to realign public opinion in support of economic conservatism.
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In this entry, Narveson and Trenchard outline the major theories of government and critique how modern governments fail in their basic functions.
The Great Depression, fueled by a chain of bank failures and poor policy decisions, ushered in a permanently larger and more spendthrift government.
An accomplished libertarian writer and the founder of the Institute for Humane Studies, Harper devoted his life to educating others about libertarianism.
Hayek was one of the most prominent economists and philosophers supporting free-market economics and individualism; his work is often discussed today.
Henry Hazlitt was an economic journalist and popular author whose works explained and elaborated on many libertarian ideas.
While health care is valuable, it is best planned and organized by the free market, not imposed by paternalistic governments.
Heinlein, author of a number of fundamental science fiction novels, provided an eerily relevant social critique of the overreach of government.
A staunch defender of property rights and opponent to forced redistribution, Auberon Herbert contributed several major works to classical liberalism.
An activist and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.
Thomas Hobbes’ preeminent work, Leviathan, remains one of the major works in the philosophy of government formation.
Thomas Hodgskin was a British political and economic theorist affiliated most with individualist anarchism, though his writings were vivid and original.
The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.
Originally referring to renaissance thinkers and scholars emphasizing human possibility and achievement, the word “humanist” has taken on other meanings.
Known as the namesake of Berlin’s premier university, Wilhelm von Humboldt was a statesman, educational reformer, and German liberal philosopher.
One of the chief philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment, Hume contributed a theory of government and morality loosely based on property and utility.
Francis Hutcheson’s philosophy addressed moral obligations as they related to personal liberties, virtue, and rights.
Ibn Khaldun was a prominent 14th-century historian famous for being the precursor or even founder, according to some historians, of the social sciences.