The purpose of these Excursions is to explore the fascinating and complex history of libertarian ideas. Over four decades of reading, writing, and lecturing on the history of libertarianism have taught Smith an important lesson, namely, that the theories of some early libertarian thinkers were sometimes better and more sophisticated than the theories we take for granted today.

Edward L. Hudgins

Ed Hudgins is the former director of regulatory studies at the Cato Institute, and is an expert in the field of regulatory issues regarding space and transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor. He is currently the Director of Advocacy and a Senior Fellow for the Atlas Society.