Tucker, Benjamin R. (1854-1939)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

Tucker was the editor of the periodical, Liberty, which was dedicated to spreading Tucker’s ideas about individualist anarchism.



by Paul Dragos Aligica on Aug 15, 2008

What the state should look like varies even among libertarians.


Rothbard, Murray (1926-1995)

by Brian Doherty on Aug 15, 2008

Murray Rothbard’s writings provided a detailed and systematic explanation of politics, society, and economics consistent with libertarian ideas.


Nozick, Robert (1938-2002)

by Ellen Frankel Paul on Aug 15, 2008

Nozick’s work, especially his book Anarchy, State, & Utopia, re-interested many people in political philosophy and libertarianism.


Minimal State

by David Conway on Aug 15, 2008

The minimal state solution is one wherein the state provides protection for the people in its domain but does nothing else.


Individualist Anarchism

by Aeon Skoble on Aug 15, 2008

Individualist anarchism holds that government does not offer any service that the market could not, making the state unnecessary and disruptive.


Hobbes, Thomas (1588-1676)

by Jan Narveson and David Trenchard on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Hobbes’ preeminent work, Leviathan, remains one of the major works in the philosophy of government formation.


Friedman, David (1945-)

by Bryan Caplan on Aug 15, 2008

Friedman is a prominent intellectual whose critical writings on economics, law, and the state have contributed to the advancement of libertarian ideas.


Childs, Roy A. (1949-1992)

by Joan Kennedy Taylor on Aug 15, 2008

Childs, a writer and speaker of the libertarian movement in the 1960s and 1970s, also popularized the anarcho-capitalist movement of libertarian thought.



by Andrew Morriss on Aug 15, 2008

Anarcho-capitalism is a form of anarchism where market actors provide all goods and services to society, including security and common public goods.



by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

British Whigs were early supporters of constitutionalism and later continued to work for a platform of classical liberalism and republicanism.


Revolution, Right of

by Robert M. S. McDonald on Aug 15, 2008

Many classical liberal writers believed in the right of revolution as a natural right that could be utilized when government failed to serve its purpose.


Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)

by David Fitzsimons on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Paine was a political agitator who wrote to empower people to replace their existing tyrannical governments with liberal republics.


Locke, John (1632-1704)

by Eric Mack on Aug 15, 2008

John Locke’s work on natural rights, property, and the limits of just governments makes him a central philosopher among classical liberals.


Cato’s Letters

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

Cato’s Letters were letters published in 18th cent. Britain, focused on the concept of liberty and questioned tyrannical authority structures.


Adams, John (1735-1826)

by Michiel Visser on Aug 15, 2008

John Adams, known as the 2nd US President, played a vital role in the American Revolution and contributed to the philosophy behind the US Constitution.


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.


Rule of Law

by Norman Barry on Aug 15, 2008

The rule of law keeps society protected and in order by holding everyone – including government – accountable to objective standards of behavior.