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Heinlein, Robert (1907-1988)

by Amy Sturgis on Aug 15, 2008

Heinlein, author of a number of fundamental science fiction novels, provided an eerily relevant social critique of the overreach of government.

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Herbert, Auberon (1838-1906)

by Eric Mack on Aug 15, 2008

A staunch defender of property rights and opponent to forced redistribution, Auberon Herbert contributed several major works to classical liberalism.

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Hess, Karl (1923-1994)

by Brian Doherty on Aug 15, 2008

An activist and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.

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Hospers, John (1918-2011)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.

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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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Hutcheson, Francis

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Francis Hutcheson’s philosophy addressed moral obligations as they related to personal liberties, virtue, and rights.

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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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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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La Boétie, Étienne de (1530-1563)

by Sharon Presley on Aug 15, 2008

Étienne de La Boétie’s essay, the Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, called for widespread civil disobedience and remains an influence on anarchism.

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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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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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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.

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Meyer, Frank S. (1909-1972)

by Christopher A. Preble on Aug 15, 2008

Meyer was a major advocate of the right-wing fusionist movement, which attempted to unite elements of libertarianism and traditional conservatism.