Thomas Szasz was an influential writer who opposed involuntary or coercive hospitalization for those deemed “mentally ill,” a label he challenged.
Taft was a prominent US Senator who started and passed legislation restricting government and union control and advocating for international diplomacy.
Alexis de Tocqueville was a scholar and statesman known for his analysis of the French Revolution’s failures and the problems of government intervention.
Destutt de Tracy was a social and political theorist known for coining the term “ideology,” though he used it to explain liberal philosophy.
Tullock contributed to the start of the public choice school of economics and countered status-quo arguments about the role of government in the market.
Turgot was a French economist, writer, and royal advisor. He tried to accomplish sweeping liberal reform of the economy and political system.
Voltaire was a philosopher and writer of the French Enlightenment. His works advocated for toleration and rationalism and were widely popular.
As the first president of the United States, George Washington set the standard for peaceful republicanism and responsible divided leadership.
Knut Wicksell was a Swedish economist whose insights on banking and investment influenced and anticipated the work of public choice economists.
William Wilberforce was a British abolitionist leader. His activism changed public opinion and aided in the abolition of the British slave trade.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a noted figure of the Enlightenment, contributing one of the most influential feminist works of her time.
The debate over abortion & its implications for nations, citizens, public health & equality are outlined, showing division across all views.
Affirmative Action, programs meant to counteract racial discrimination, may also complicate equality despite striving to reach it.
Government support and funding for the arts has been contested for its too restrictive, too loose, or too political attempts to define art.
Debates over money and banking policy ask to what degree should the government intervene? The Austrian Theory of Banking proposes: very little.
The black market refers to those markets involving extra-legal organizations and paths for the trade of goods and services.
In this entry, Bradley Smith outlines the trends and outcomes of campaign finance reform legislation over the past 100 years.
Also known as the death penalty, capital punishment has divided libertarians over the power of government and the justice of criminal procedures.