One of the major debates over the U.S. Constitution was between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, largely over the role of the states and a Bill of Rights.
John Brown was a dedicated leader of the American abolitionist movement, often known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.
One of the leading economists of the last century, James M. Buchanan was one of the founders of the public choice theory of economics.
An activist and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.
The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.
Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, contributed some of the most important ideas to early US political theory.
With his electoral vote in 1972 and presidential campaign in 1976, Roger Lea MacBride expanded the influence of the Libertarian Party.
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.
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.
Tonie Nathan was the running mate of 1976 Libertarian presidential candidate John Hospers and the first woman to receive an electoral vote.
Albert Jay Nock was an influential writer who criticized political action and protested state interventionism at all levels.
Lysander Spooner was a legal and political theorist favoring individualist anarchy. He is best known for his activism as an abolitionist.
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.
As the first president of the United States, George Washington set the standard for peaceful republicanism and responsible divided leadership.
In light of the eugenics movement of the early-to-mid 20th century, genetics is often a dangerous topic in today’s scientific discourse.
The right to bear arms, though vaguely written and often debated, is a Constitutional guarantee that protects the right for self-protection.
Throughout history, church and state have become increasingly separate as institutions. Most Libertarians favor this shift as it weakens state authority.
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.