Freedom of Thought

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Freedom of thought includes the notion that religion and personal value systems should be unregulated, and that expressing all values must be permitted.


Milton, John (1608-1674)

by Antony Flew on Aug 15, 2008

Best known for the epic Paradise Lost, John Milton was an active voice for republican government and individualism during the English Civil Wars.



by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

Pornography is an issue that raises questions about sexuality and feminism, but also about censorship and whether government can regulate entertainment.


Separation of Church and State

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

Throughout history, church and state have become increasingly separate as institutions. Libertarians tend to favor this shift, as it discourages state authority.



by Timothy Sandefur on Aug 15, 2008

Censorship laws, which have taken a variety of forms, are a tool government uses to silence individuals & thought.


Great Depression

by Robert Whaples on Aug 15, 2008

The Great Depression, fueled by a chain of bank failures and poor policy decisions, ushered in a permanently larger and more spendthrift government.



by Robert Poole on Aug 15, 2008

Privatization occurs when government grants control of an industry to market forces, often leading to greater efficiency and choice.


Social Security

by Brink Lindsey on Aug 15, 2008

Social security redistributes income to those people unable to work. Libertarians object to social security for its coercive and impractical results.


Charity/Friendly Societies

by David Beito on Aug 15, 2008

Charitable, fraternal and friendly societies benefit members and overall society while also maintaining freedom and choice of association.


LeFevre, Robert (1911-1986)

by Brian Doherty on Aug 15, 2008

Robert LeFevre established educational programs and supported publications that aimed to spread and popularize libertarian ideas.


Nock, Albert Jay (1870-1945)

by Charles Hamilton on Aug 15, 2008

Albert Jay Nock was an influential writer who criticized political action and protested state interventionism at all levels.



by Richard E. Wagner on Aug 15, 2008

Taxation is when government claims the resources of its citizens to fund its projects. Even if argued as necessary, it is a coercive process.


Chodorov, Frank (1887-1966)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

A writer and thinker during the 20th century, Frank Chodorov added significantly to libertarian thought and the theory of individualism.



by Roderick T. Long on Aug 15, 2008

Stoicism was a philosophical movement in Ancient Greece and Rome based on rational self-discipline, virtue, and natural law as the basis for state authority.


Cicero (106-43 BC)

by Tom G. Palmer on Aug 15, 2008

Cicero, a great early writer and orator, articulated a universal legal order that was to become foundational for the natural law tradition.



by Tom G. Palmer on Aug 15, 2008

Cosmopolitanism, or globalization, encourages the individual to act as a citizen of the world, not just of a closed nation-state or community.




by Kate Zhou on Aug 15, 2008

Culture is a fundamental aspect of civil society and human interaction that can extend to influence legality, economics, and ideology as well.



by Gabriel Roth on Aug 15, 2008

On transportation, libertarians suggest that instead of providing mediocre services, governments set guidelines and encourage private solutions.