Taxation is when government claims the resources of its citizens to fund its projects. Even if argued as necessary, it is a coercive process.
Albert Jay Nock was an influential writer who criticized political action and protested state interventionism at all levels.
Robert LeFevre established educational programs and supported publications that aimed to spread and popularize libertarian ideas.
In this entry, Marueen Kelley explains some libertarian takes and positions on social issues in which children become the focus of discussion.
Charitable, fraternal and friendly societies benefit members and overall society while also maintaining freedom and choice of association.
Social security redistributes income to those people unable to work. Libertarians object to social security for its coercive and impractical results.
Privatization occurs when government grants control of an industry to market forces, often leading to greater efficiency and choice.
The Great Depression, fueled by a chain of bank failures and poor policy decisions, ushered in a permanently larger and more spendthrift government.
Censorship laws, which have taken a variety of forms, are a tool government uses to silence individuals & thought.
Throughout history, church and state have become increasingly separate as institutions. Most Libertarians favor this shift as it weakens state authority.
Pornography is an issue that raises questions about sexuality and feminism, but also about censorship and whether government can regulate entertainment.
Best known for the epic Paradise Lost, Milton was an active voice for republican government and individualism during the English Civil Wars.
Freedom of thought includes the notion that religion and personal value systems should be unregulated, and that expressing all values must be permitted.
In this entry, Andrew Coulson surveys the expectations and past models of education throughout history.
Sidney was a fervent republican whose philosophy and politics, as well as his eventual martyrdom, influenced democratic revolutionaries who followed him.
Classical Republicans were early advocates of constitutionalism and the rule of law. Their work is foundational to political theory today.
Also known as the death penalty, capital punishment has divided libertarians over the power of government and the justice of criminal procedures.
Retributive justice holds that punishment is the only way to achieve justice and properly disincentivize criminal behavior, but to explain why, opinions differ.