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Szasz, Thomas (1920-2012)

by Rod L. Evans on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Szasz was an influential writer who opposed involuntary or coercive hospitalization for those deemed “mentally ill,” a label he challenged.

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Taft, Robert A. (1889-1953)

by Leonard Liggio on Aug 15, 2008

Taft was a prominent US Senator who started and passed legislation restricting government and union control and advocating for international diplomacy.

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Tocqueville, Alexis de (1805-1859)

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

Alexis de Tocqueville was a scholar and statesman known for his analysis of the French Revolution’s failures and the problems of government intervention.

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Tracy, Destutt de (1754-1836)

by David Hart on Aug 15, 2008

Destutt de Tracy was a social and political theorist known for coining the term “ideology,” though he used it to explain liberal philosophy.

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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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Turgot, Anne-Robert-Jacques (1727-1781)

by David Hart on Aug 15, 2008

Turgot was a French economist, writer, and royal advisor. He tried to accomplish sweeping liberal reform of the economy and political system.

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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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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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Wicksell, Knut (1851-1926)

by Richard E. Wagner on Aug 15, 2008

Knut Wicksell was a Swedish economist whose insights on banking and investment influenced and anticipated the work of public choice economists.

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Wilberforce, William (1759-1833)

by Lawrence W. Reed on Aug 15, 2008

William Wilberforce was a British abolitionist leader. His activism changed public opinion and aided in the abolition of the British slave trade.

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Wollstonecraft, Mary (1759-1797)

by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

Mary Wollstonecraft was a noted figure of the Enlightenment, contributing one of the most influential feminist works of her time.

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Abortion

by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

The debate over abortion & its implications for nations, citizens, public health & equality are outlined, showing division across all views.

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Affirmative Action

by Clint Bolick on Aug 15, 2008

Affirmative Action, programs meant to counteract racial discrimination, may also complicate equality despite striving to reach it.

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Arts and Public Support

by Louis Torres on Aug 15, 2008

Government support and funding for the arts has been contested for its too restrictive, too loose, or too political attempts to define art.

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Banking, Austrian Theory Of

by Guido Hülsmann on Aug 15, 2008

Debates over money and banking policy ask to what degree should the government intervene? The Austrian Theory of Banking proposes: very little.

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Black Markets

by Paul Dragos Aligica on Aug 15, 2008

The black market refers to those markets involving extra-legal organizations and paths for the trade of goods and services.

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Campaign Finance

by Bradley Smith on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Bradley Smith outlines the trends and outcomes of campaign finance reform legislation over the past 100 years.

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Capital Punishment

by Jarrett Decker on Aug 15, 2008

Also known as the death penalty, capital punishment has divided libertarians over the power of government and the justice of criminal procedures.