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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.

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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, contributed some of the most important ideas to early US political theory.

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Declaration of Independence

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

The Declaration of Independence is considered an establishing document of America and the place where the country’s values were initially written out.

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American Revolution

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

Robert McDonald outlines the key events of the American Revolution, one of the most influential successes of liberty to date.

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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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Equality

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

A libertarian focus on equality mostly focuses on the notion of equal rights and justice systems must operate in a way that maintains these rights.

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Acton, Lord (1834-1902)

by Gregory Gronbacher on Aug 15, 2008

Lord Acton was a respected British historian and an advocate for limited government, religious freedom, and the Christian perspective of positive liberty.

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Religion and Liberty

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Freedom of worship is an individual right and natural right that many people and groups have fought for throughout history.

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Liberalism, Classical

by David Conway on Aug 15, 2008

Classical liberalism typically refers to liberal philosophers in the 17th and 18th centuries, but whose ideas are carried on by libertarians today.

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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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Sexuality

by Wayne Dynes on Aug 15, 2008

Libertarians believe in sexual freedom, where consensual sex acts that pose no harm should not be prohibited by society or legislation.

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Feminism and Women’s Rights

by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, McElroy outlines the feminist movement’s history and the major split in beliefs between individualist and radical or gender feminists.

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Bioethics

by Sigrid Fry-Revere on Aug 15, 2008

Sigrid Fry-Revere outlines a libertarian take on ethics and explains how this framework can be considered in issues dealing with the human body.

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Abolitionism

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Abolitionism was the 19th century anti-slavery movement promoting equal civil and political rights for African Americans and the rejection of slavery.

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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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Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)

by Jeff Riggenbach on Aug 15, 2008

Henry David Thoreau is best known for his essays on naturalism and on non-violent disobedience against repressive government policy and coercion.

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Spooner, Lysander (1808-1881)

by Randy E. Barnett on Aug 15, 2008

Lysander Spooner was a legal and political theorist favoring individualist anarchy. He is best known for his activism as an abolitionist.

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Slavery, World

by Stephen Davies on Aug 15, 2008

Stephen Davies traces the history of slavery, from common ancient practices to today’s world, where slavery is legally abolished everywhere.