William Wilberforce was a British abolitionist leader. His activism changed public opinion and aided in the abolition of the British slave trade.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a noted figure of the Enlightenment, contributing one of the most influential feminist works of her time.
Historically, the US maintained a stance of open borders. Only in recent years have immigration regulations been put into place.
A. V. Dicey, a prominent British legal philosopher, established in his writings the basic principles for the rule of law under a legitimate constitution.
Epstein is a prominent legal scholar whose work on eminent domain and government intervention has influenced major court decisions in the last 50 years.
Henry Sumner Maine was a legal scholar of the 1800s. His best-known work, Ancient Law, explained development of societal structure.
In this entry, Timothy Sandefur explains the origins and role of the American judiciary system.
The “law and economics” approach, used by Coase, Posner, and others, combines the methods and principles of both law and economics scholarship.
Strict liability rules require people to take responsibility for damages done to others’ property and are therefore favored by libertarianism.
Common law describes the form of law used to resolve disputes between individuals where decisions are made based on intent, effects, and circumstances.
The Law Merchant was the common law of merchants in the 11th and 12th century, an example of law not imposed by a state.
Natural law theorists explain that all man-made law should derive from some universal law of nature, discovered either through divine inspiration or human reason.
Left libertarians, while supporters of some personal freedoms, are often proponents of a socialist or communal view on natural resources and property.
Sociology began as a comparative study of societies that often found libertarian conclusions not egalitarianism.
Frederic Bastiat was a 19th century economist whose writings have been foundational to the individualism & free trade economics movements.
Childs, a writer and speaker of the libertarian movement in the 1960s and 1970s, also popularized the anarcho-capitalist movement of libertarian thought.
A writer and thinker during the 20th century, Frank Chodorov added significantly to libertarian thought and the theory of individualism.
The 1980 Libertarian party presidential candidate, Ed Clark is a public figure for the libertarian movement who played an important role popularizing it.