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.

Robert P. Murphy

Robert P. Murphy is a libertarian theorist and Austrian-school economist. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University. Murphy is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Senior Fellow, Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, and Senior Economist at the Insitute for Energy Research. He is the author of Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Insitute, 2015).