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Fusionism

by George Carey on Aug 15, 2008

Frank S. Meyer’s fusionist platform attempted to combine traditional values of conservatism with individual liberties and limited government.

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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.

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Conservative Critique of Libertarianism

by Edward C. Feser on Aug 15, 2008

Edward C. Feser outlines some common arguments conservatives raise against libertarians and how those criticisms have affected both movements.

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Molinari, Gustave de (1819-1912)

by David Hart on Aug 15, 2008

A great 19th century French economist, Gustave de Molinari was outspoken about his opposition of protectionist government policy.

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Constant, Benjamin (1767-1830)

by David Hart on Aug 15, 2008

Though famous for his novel, Adolphe, Constant is also known in the English-speaking world for his writings on liberal constitutionalism.

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Las Casas, Bartolomé de (1474-1566)

by Alejandro A. Chafuen on Aug 15, 2008

Bartolome de Las Casas wrote detailed accounts of Spanish colonization of the Americas and fought for the rights of American Indians.

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Sociology and Libertarianism

by Christie Davies on Aug 15, 2008

Sociology began as a comparative study of societies that often found libertarian conclusions not egalitarianism.

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Federalism

by John Samples on Aug 15, 2008

Federalism is the form of government that diffuses political authority. It is favored to protect against consolidation of power in a central authority.

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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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Decentralism

by Bill Kauffman on Aug 15, 2008

Supporters of decentralism argue that central concentration of power threatens liberty and prefer decision-making power to be diffused on a local level.

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Pursuit of Happiness

by Hans Eicholz on Aug 15, 2008

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.

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Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778)

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

Rousseau is regarded as a great political philosopher and contractarian, though his ideas for society often rely on a basis of coercive liberty.

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New Deal

by Robert Whaples on Aug 15, 2008

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.

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Progressive Era

by Richard Adelstein on Aug 15, 2008

The Progressive Era of the early 20th century brought a new wave of socio-economic reform that fueled a much more interventionist government.

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Delegation

by David Schoenbrod on Aug 15, 2008

Delegation from the legislature to executive bureaus and others grants these groups additional powers, often at the result of decreased accountability.

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Globalization

by Johan Norberg on Aug 15, 2008

Globalization, the ongoing process of the exchange of people, goods, and ideas across borders, raises the wealth and quality of life for people globally.

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Voltaire (1694-1778)

by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

Voltaire was a philosopher and writer of the French Enlightenment. His works advocated for toleration and rationalism and were widely popular.

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Diderot, Denis (1713-1784)

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

A prominent Enlightenment thinker, Denis Diderot’s writings on freedom of thought, religion, and speech bring him to the attention of libertarians today.