Minarchists and anarchists—i.e. champions of the night-watchman state and opponents of any state—aren’t as clearly distinguishable as one might think.
An emphasis on decentralization unites radicals on left and right in American politics, while moderates support central power.
Henry Meulen was an individualist anarchist and an early proponent of free banking.
Though fundamentally incompatible, both Classical Elite Theory and libertarianism recognize that oligarchs are corrupt.
The thought of Thomas Aquinas, which was strongly influenced by Aristotle, offers a potential justification for political decentralization.
A radical individualist, Dora Marsden edited the political journals The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.
Jury nullification is the practice of a jury refusing to convict a defendant of violating a law the jurors view as unjust.
Samuel Edward Konkin III created a theory of resistance to the state, agorism, that eschewed politics for peaceful but illegal market activity.
D’Amato examines the arguments presented by a range of advocates for decentralism in government and the private sector.
Victoria Woodhull was a political radical in the free love movement and the first woman to run for president.
Moses Harman, publisher of Lucifer, was an important figure in the ninteenth century free love, anarchist, and feminist movements.
Sex radicals Angela and Ezra Haywood published the periodical The Word, often battling censors in their effort to get government out of the bedroom.
Stressing the anti-centralization impulse in libertarianism, D’Amato envisions a future without bureaucratic central planners—socialist or corporate.
An intellectual portrait of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, an early anarchist who had a profound influence on libertarianism and socialism as we know them today.
An overview of the life, work, and influence of Henry George, who famously argued that the only justifiable tax was a property tax on land.
What is the place of utilitarianism in the broader libertarian tradition?
Libertarians frequently disagree about the status of intellectual property. D’Amato explores the views of four major libertarian thinkers.
Ayn Rand and Max Stirner argued different versions of egoism.