Frank S. Meyer’s fusionist platform attempted to combine traditional values of conservatism with individual liberties and limited government.
Meyer was a major advocate of the right-wing fusionist movement, which attempted to unite elements of libertarianism and traditional conservatism.
Edward C. Feser outlines some common arguments conservatives raise against libertarians and how those criticisms have affected both movements.
A great 19th century French economist, Gustave de Molinari was outspoken about his opposition of protectionist government policy.
Though famous for his novel, Adolphe, Constant is also known in the English-speaking world for his writings on liberal constitutionalism.
Bartolome de Las Casas wrote detailed accounts of Spanish colonization of the Americas and fought for the rights of American Indians.
Sociology began as a comparative study of societies that often found libertarian conclusions not egalitarianism.
Federalism is the form of government that diffuses political authority. It is favored to protect against consolidation of power in a central authority.
An activist and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.
Supporters of decentralism argue that central concentration of power threatens liberty and prefer decision-making power to be diffused on a local level.
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.
Rousseau is regarded as a great political philosopher and contractarian, though his ideas for society often rely on a basis of coercive liberty.
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 Progressive Era of the early 20th century brought a new wave of socio-economic reform that fueled a much more interventionist government.
Delegation from the legislature to executive bureaus and others grants these groups additional powers, often at the result of decreased accountability.
Globalization, the ongoing process of the exchange of people, goods, and ideas across borders, raises the wealth and quality of life for people globally.
Voltaire was a philosopher and writer of the French Enlightenment. His works advocated for toleration and rationalism and were widely popular.
A prominent Enlightenment thinker, Denis Diderot’s writings on freedom of thought, religion, and speech bring him to the attention of libertarians today.