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Constant, Benjamin (1767-1830)

by David Hart on Aug 15, 2008

Though famous for his novel, Adolphe, Constant is also known in the English-speaking world for his writings on liberal constitutionalism.

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Dicey, Albert Venn (1835-1922)

by Stephen M. Sheppard on Aug 15, 2008

A. V. Dicey, a prominent British legal philosopher, established in his writings the basic principles for the rule of law under a legitimate constitution.

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Diderot, Denis (1713-1784)

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

A prominent Enlightenment thinker, Denis Diderot’s writings on freedom of thought, religion, and speech bring him to the attention of libertarians today.

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Dunoyer, Charles (1786-1862)

by David Hart on Aug 15, 2008

Dunoyer played a major role in the French classical liberal movement. He wrote on law, society, and the benefits of free markets and limited government.

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Epstein, Richard A. (1943-)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

Epstein is a prominent legal scholar whose work on eminent domain and government intervention has influenced major court decisions in the last 50 years.

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Fisher, Antony (1915-1988)

by Jo Kwong on Aug 15, 2008

Fisher made an important contribution to the libertarian movement by creating liberty-advancing public policy think tanks active around the globe.

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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.

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Friedman, Milton (1912-2006)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

The winner of the Nobel Prize in 1976, Milton Friedman was a recent leading economist who advocated free market liberalism through public policy.

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Garrison, William Lloyd (1805-1879)

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel on Aug 15, 2008

Garrison, known as the editor of the anti-slavery newspaper Liberator, was an outspoken and radical leader for the abolitionist movement.

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Gladstone, William Ewart (1809-1898)

by M. L. Schut on Aug 15, 2008

The former prime minster of the United Kingdom, Gladstone was a statesman advocating a platform of limited government and free-market economics.

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Goldwater, Barry (1909-1998)

by Lee Edwards on Aug 15, 2008

Barry Goldwater’s stark commitment to a platform of freedom and limited government helped to realign public opinion in support of economic conservatism.

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Harper, Floyd Arthur “Baldy” (1905-1973)

by Will Wilkinson on Aug 15, 2008

An accomplished libertarian writer and the founder of the Institute for Humane Studies, Harper devoted his life to educating others about libertarianism.

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Hayek, Friedrich A. (1889-1992)

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

Hayek was one of the most prominent economists and philosophers supporting free-market economics and individualism; his work is often discussed today.

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Heinlein, Robert (1907-1988)

by Amy Sturgis on Aug 15, 2008

Heinlein, author of a number of fundamental science fiction novels, provided an eerily relevant social critique of the overreach of government.

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Herbert, Auberon (1838-1906)

by Eric Mack on Aug 15, 2008

A staunch defender of property rights and opponent to forced redistribution, Auberon Herbert contributed several major works to classical liberalism.

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Hess, Karl (1923-1994)

by Brian Doherty on Aug 15, 2008

An activist and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.

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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.

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Hospers, John (1918-2011)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.