Term limits played a crucial role in early US state governments. While a standard for executives, term limits are still debated for members of Congress.
The right to bear arms, though vaguely written and often debated, is a Constitutional guarantee that protects the right for self-protection.
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.
The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.
Tonie Nathan was the running mate of 1976 Libertarian presidential candidate John Hospers and the first woman to receive an electoral vote.
The dangers of war make it necessary to prevent hasty entry to war. It should be worrying, therefore, that controls on executive war-making have waned.
The Progressive Era of the early 20th century brought a new wave of socio-economic reform that fueled a much more interventionist government.
The New Deal was a series of government programs aimed at those hurt by the Great Depression, which majorly expanded the size and expense of government.
The Declaration of Independence famously spoke of right to “the pursuit of happiness,” a phrase that has been questioned as to its extent and meaning.
An activist and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.
With his electoral vote in 1972 and presidential campaign in 1976, Roger Lea MacBride expanded the influence of the Libertarian Party.
Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.
Libertarians support competition-based private planning of urban areas, rather than solutions that hinge on the government controlling property.
On transportation, libertarians suggest that instead of providing mediocre services, governments set guidelines and encourage private solutions.
Albert Jay Nock was an influential writer who criticized political action and protested state interventionism at all levels.
Throughout history, church and state have become increasingly separate as institutions. Most Libertarians favor this shift as it weakens state authority.
Freedom of speech is a pillar of a free society. In this entry, Alan Charles Kors discusses how it has been attacked even in modern democracies.
The content and necessity of the first 10 Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, first debated by Federalists and Anti-Federalists, remains relevant today.