Banking, Austrian Theory Of

by Guido Hülsmann on Aug 15, 2008

Debates over money and banking policy ask to what degree should the government intervene? The Austrian Theory of Banking proposes: very little.


Campaign Finance

by Bradley Smith on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Bradley Smith outlines the trends and outcomes of campaign finance reform legislation over the past 100 years.


Money and Banking

by Lawrence H. White on Aug 15, 2008

Lawrence H. White explains the changing ways in which economists have thought about money and banking, including the debate over deregulation.



by Imad-ad-Dean Ahmed on Aug 15, 2008

Islamic teachings contribute to or are consistent with many libertarian principles, such as tolerance, property rights, and the strength of individuals.


Cantillon, Richard (c.1680-1734)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

A notable early economist, Richard Cantillon is influential for his theories on the self-regulating market, entrepreneurship, and prices.


Acton, Lord (1834-1902)

by Gregory Gronbacher on Aug 15, 2008

Lord Acton was a respected British historian and an advocate for limited government, religious freedom, and the Christian perspective of positive liberty.


Bentham, Jeremy (1748-1832)

by T. Patrick Burke on Aug 15, 2008

Bentham is known by most as the father of utilitarianism. He wrote in favor of free-markets, a pragmatic view of rights, and rational policy-making.


Bright, John (1811-1859)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

One of the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League, John Bright was an advocate for small government and non-interventionist foreign policy.


Buckle, Henry Thomas (1821-1862)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Buckle was a great British historian of the 19th century who dedicated his life to completing a comprehensive history of English culture.


Burlamaqui, Jean-Jacques (1649-1748)

by Stephen Davies on Aug 15, 2008

Burlamaqui contributed greatly to philosophical thought with his widely read volumes commenting on and popularizing the work of other philosophers.


Cobden, Richard (1804-1865)

by John M. Brady on Aug 15, 2008

One of the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League, Richard Cobden is considered an example of a liberal thinker with considerable success in changing British policy.


Las Casas, Bartolomé de (1474-1566)

by Alejandro A. Chafuen on Aug 15, 2008

Bartolome de Las Casas wrote detailed accounts of Spanish colonization of the Americas and fought for the rights of American Indians.


Adams, John (1735-1826)

by Michiel Visser on Aug 15, 2008

John Adams, known as the 2nd US President, played a vital role in the American Revolution and contributed to the philosophy behind the US Constitution.


Aquinas, Thomas (c. 1225-1274)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Aquinas was a philosopher who greatly influenced Catholic thought and promoted law not as a way to regulate morality, but to allow human choice.


Aristotle (382-322 BC)

by Fred Miller on Aug 15, 2008

Known as one of the most foundational ancient thinkers, Aristotle’s works explored morality and ethics along with government and social organization.


Bauer, Peter (1915-2002)

by James A. Dorn on Aug 15, 2008

Bauer’s work in economic development and the role of foreign aid institutions disputed previously accepted ideas about the “solution” to global poverty.


Branden, Nathaniel (1930-2014)

by Chris Sciabarra on Aug 15, 2008

Often called the father of the self-esteem movement, Nathaniel Branden was a noted psychologist and author who favored personal freedom and choice.


Brown, John (1800-1859)

by Roderick T. Long on Aug 15, 2008

John Brown was a dedicated leader of the American abolitionist movement, often known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.