The former prime minster of the United Kingdom, Gladstone was a statesman advocating a platform of limited government and free-market economics.
Social Darwinism applied the idea of “survival of the fittest” to society to poor ends. However, its intellectual founders did not share those views.
Historically, the US maintained a stance of open borders. Only in recent years have immigration regulations been put into place.
Regulation of gambling, while intended to reduce the harm of compulsive gambling, has typically done more harm than help.
While valued by many schools of thought, freedom can be understood in a variety of ways, such as the difference between positive and negative freedom.
In this entry, Narveson and Trenchard outline the major theories of government and critique how modern governments fail in their basic functions.
American foreign policy has operated on an interventionist platform for many decades. This approach does more harm than help to America and its allies.
The dangers of war make it necessary to prevent hasty entry to war. It should be worrying, therefore, that controls on executive war-making have waned.
The “war on terror” began in response the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. In its efforts to curtail terrorism, it has threatened individual liberties.
The alliance of the military technology industry and the growth of the government’s war authority has led to increasingly aggressive foreign policy.
Fisher made an important contribution to the libertarian movement by creating liberty-advancing public policy think tanks active around the globe.
Adam Ferguson’s writings, notably his Essay on the History of Civil Society, provided an important analysis of how social institutions form.
The idea that government should be subject to the law and possess only those powers granted by law is fundamental to libertarianism.
In this entry, Bryan Caplan outlines the history of fascist regimes and distinguishes what differentiates fascism from other totalitarian regime forms.
Marriage, once just a social institution, now implies a legal relationship, with some limitations that could be changed for greater social benefit.
Existentialist philosophy focuses on the individual. Its moral implications, while sometimes criticized, can also have uses for libertarian thought.
Nietzsche was a controversial philosopher of the 19th century whose antagonism towards political institutions remains ambiguous to scholars.
One of the best-known writers of the 20th cent., Michel Foucault criticized overreaching authority structures as well as state and social coercion.