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Humboldt, Wilhelm von (1767-1835)

by Detmar Doering on Aug 15, 2008

Known as the namesake of Berlin’s premier university, Wilhelm von Humboldt was a statesman, educational reformer, and German liberal philosopher.

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Jacobs, Jane (1916-2006)

by Sanford Ikeda on Aug 15, 2008

Jane Jacobs was a prominent activist and writer on the subject of cities and the complex, spontaneous forces that cause cities to form and develop.

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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, contributed some of the most important ideas to early US political theory.

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Jouvenel, Bertrand de (1903-1987)

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

A respected French political philosopher, Bertrand de Jouvenel examined a number of topics to do with power and the role of the state.

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Kirzner, Israel M. (1930-)

by Brian Doherty on Aug 15, 2008

Israel M. Kirzner is a noted economist of the Austrian School known most for his work on the role of entrepreneur in the market.

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Knight, Frank H. (1885-1972)

by Richard Boyd on Aug 15, 2008

Frank H. Knight was an economist whose skeptical writings on economic planning and limited government informed the work of the Chicago School.

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Lao Tzu (c. 600 BC)

by James A. Dorn on Aug 15, 2008

Lao Tzu’s anticipatory work argued that a harmonious and prosperous society was one in which people could make their own economic and personal decisions.

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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.

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Lane, Rose Wilder (1886-1968)

by Amy Sturgis on Aug 15, 2008

Rose Wilder Lane was an author and reporter who became one of the most prominent libertarian women writing in the 20th century.

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LeFevre, Robert (1911-1986)

by Brian Doherty on Aug 15, 2008

Robert LeFevre established educational programs and supported publications that aimed to spread and popularize libertarian ideas.

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Leggett, William (1801-1839)

by Lawrence H. White on Aug 15, 2008

In his writings, William Leggett attacked government regulation of commerce and the rent-seeking behaviors of business.

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Macaulay, Thomas Babington (1800-1859)

by Walter Olson on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Babington Macaulay was a powerful voice for classical liberal ideas, writing great historical volumes and political essays on individual freedoms.

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MacBride, Roger Lea (1929-1995)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

With his electoral vote in 1972 and presidential campaign in 1976, Roger Lea MacBride expanded the influence of the Libertarian Party. 

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Madison, James (1750-1836)

by Michael Zuckert on Aug 15, 2008

James Madison was instrumental in creating the values behind the United States Constitution, both as one of its primary authors and in his own writings.

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Maine, Henry Sumner (1822-1888)

by George Carey on Aug 15, 2008

Henry Sumner Maine was a legal scholar of the 1800s. His best-known work, Ancient Law, explained development of societal structure.

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Mandeville, Bernard (1670-1733)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Bernard Mandeville’s controversial essays and allegories raised questions about justice and socially or morally virtuous actions.

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Mason, George (1725-1792)

by Robert M. S. McDonald on Aug 15, 2008

Mason was a Virginian statesman who decried the centralization of government authority and was one of the major supporters of a written Bill of Rights.

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Mencken, H. L. (1880-1956)

by Rod L. Evans on Aug 15, 2008

Henry Louis Mencken was a prolific and stalwart writer, protesting government overreach and planning in newspapers and his own books.