Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
“Should tyrants take it into their heads to emancipate any of you, remember that your freedom is your natural right…God will dash tyrants…into atoms.”
Riggenbach handles the mainstay and workhorse of modern fiction.
Palmer “went to New York…to set up a table for the Young Libertarian Alliance, hoping to find some sparks…that might be fanned into flames.” No dice.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?
“Can our condition be any worse? Can it be more mean and abject?…They cannot treat us worse; for they well know the day they do it they are gone.”
English monarchs used revenues from corporate charters to work around parliamentary control of the power to tax.
Liberty has been a value to many civilizations. In this entry, Roderick Long highlights a few instances of liberal ideas in pre-modern societies.
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.
Throughout history, church and state have become increasingly separate as institutions. Most Libertarians favor this shift as it weakens state authority.
Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.
Reiger begins a series discussing the Founders’ approach to Islam and religious freedom.
The right to bear arms, though vaguely written and often debated, is a Constitutional guarantee that protects the right for self-protection.
Term limits played a crucial role in early US state governments. While a standard for executives, term limits are still debated for members of Congress.
Who can win in the new American economic order?
“But let us avoid all frontier movements…War would only insure the oppression and captivity of tens of thousands who are happy in the bosoms of their families.”
“Trying to improve the government school system in the 1990s is like a great national effort to improve horses in the 1890s.”
Morton tells the Puritans “that they would [in due time] repent those malicious practices, and so would he too; for he was a Separatist amongst the Separatists.”