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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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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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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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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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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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Washington, George (1732-1799)

by Jonathan Rowe on Aug 15, 2008

As the first president of the United States, George Washington set the standard for peaceful republicanism and responsible divided leadership.

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Adams, John (1735-1826)

by Michiel Visser on Aug 15, 2008

John Adams, known as the 2nd US President, played a vital role in the American Revolution and contributed to the philosophy behind the US Constitution.

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Cato’s Letters

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

Cato’s Letters were letters published in 18th cent. Britain, focused on the concept of liberty and questioned tyrannical authority structures.

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Locke, John (1632-1704)

by Eric Mack on Aug 15, 2008

John Locke’s work on natural rights, property, and the limits of just governments makes him a central philosopher among classical liberals.

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Paine, Thomas (1737-1809)

by David Fitzsimons on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Paine was a political agitator who wrote to empower people to replace their existing tyrannical governments with liberal republics.

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Revolution, Right of

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

Many classical liberal writers believed in the right of revolution as a natural right that could be utilized when government failed to serve its purpose.

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Whiggism

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

British Whigs were early supporters of constitutionalism and later continued to work for a platform of classical liberalism and republicanism.

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Anarcho-Capitalism

by Andrew Morriss on Aug 15, 2008

Anarcho-capitalism is one proposed type of anarchism, where market actors provide all goods and services to society, including security and common public goods.

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Childs, Roy A. (1949-1992)

by Joan Kennedy Taylor on Aug 15, 2008

Roy. A Childs, a writer and speaker of the libertarian movement in the 1960s and 1970s, also made popular the anarcho-capitalist movement of libertarian thought.

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Friedman, David (1945-)

by Bryan Caplan on Aug 15, 2008

David 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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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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Individualist Anarchism

by Aeon Skoble on Aug 15, 2008

Individualist anarchism holds that government does not offer any service that the market could not, making the state unnecessary and disruptive.

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Minimal State

by David Conway on Aug 15, 2008

The minimal state solution is one wherein the state provides protection for the people in its domain but does nothing else.