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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.

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Buchanan, James M. (1919-2013)

by Peter T. Leeson on Aug 15, 2008

One of the leading economists of the last century, James M. Buchanan was one of the founders of the public choice theory of economics.

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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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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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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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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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Nathan, Tonie (1923-2014)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

Tonie Nathan was the running mate of 1976 Libertarian presidential candidate John Hospers and the first woman to receive an electoral vote.

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Tullock, Gordon

by Paul Dragos Aligica on Aug 15, 2008

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.

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Washington, George (1732-1799)

by Jonathan Rowe on Aug 15, 2008

As the first president of the United States, George Washington set the standard for peaceful republicanism and responsible divided leadership.

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Genetics

by Matt Ridley on Aug 15, 2008

In light of the eugenics movement of the early-to-mid 20th century, genetics is often a dangerous topic in today’s scientific discourse.

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Right to Bear Arms

by Nelson Lund on Aug 15, 2008

The right to bear arms, though vaguely written and often debated, is a Constitutional guarantee that protects the right for self-protection.

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Separation of Church and State

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

Throughout history, church and state have become increasingly separate as institutions. Most Libertarians favor this shift as it weakens state authority.

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Term Limits

by Eric O'Keefe on Aug 15, 2008

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.

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Transportation

by Gabriel Roth on Aug 15, 2008

On transportation, libertarians suggest that instead of providing mediocre services, governments set guidelines and encourage private solutions.

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Urban Planning

by Mark Pennington on Aug 15, 2008

Libertarians support competition-based private planning of urban areas, rather than solutions that hinge on the government controlling property.

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War Powers

by Gene Healy on Aug 15, 2008

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.