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.

Gary Gerstle

Gary Gerstle is the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University. He is also the author of Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present.