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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.

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Cosmopolitanism

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.

 

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Culture

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.

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Jacobs, Jane (1916-2006)

by Sanford Ikeda on Aug 15, 2008

Jane Jacobs was a prominent activist and writer on the subject of cities and the complex, spontaneous forces that cause cities to form and develop.

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Transportation

by Gabriel Roth on Aug 15, 2008

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

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Urban Planning

by Mark Pennington on Aug 15, 2008

Libertarians support competition-based private planning of urban areas, rather than solutions that hinge on the government controlling property.

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Cities

by Stephen Davies on Aug 15, 2008

Throughout history, the role of cities has varied. They are crucial stages for the self-organization of people and for the exchange of goods and ideas.

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Coercion

by Terry Price on Aug 15, 2008

Coercion, the use of force to persuade or limit individual action, has typically been seen as a power of government. It must still be justified.

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Ostrom, Vincent (1919-2012) and Elinor (1933-2012)

by Paul Dragos Aligica on Aug 15, 2008

The Ostroms founded the Bloomington School of Institutional Analysis at the University of Indiana, dedicated to self-governance and evaluating state institutions.

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Civil Society

by Stephen Davies on Aug 15, 2008

Civil Society refers to the interests, discussions, and institutions used by a society that form without government force by the choices of individuals.

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Conscription

by Doug Bandow on Aug 15, 2008

Conscription, or mandatory military service, has been implemented a number of times in U.S. history, but often under incomplete justification.

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Mercantilism

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Mercantilism was the belief that wealth of nations was based on the amount of money held by the nation, through high internal protections and a focus on exports.

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Secessionism

by Jason Sorens on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Jason Sorens considers the potential costs, benefits, and moral implications of secessionism and constitutionally allowing secession.

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War

by Robert Higgs on Aug 15, 2008

War is often costly both to the nation and to individual liberties. Most libertarians are skeptical of war or see it as a necessary evil.

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MacBride, Roger Lea (1929-1995)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

With his electoral vote in 1972 and presidential campaign in 1976, Roger Lea MacBride expanded the influence of the Libertarian Party. 

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Peace and Pacifism

by Robert Higgs on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Robert Higgs outlines public opinion of war throughout American history and the stances the government took to anti-war sentiment.

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Clark, Ed (1930-)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

The 1980 Libertarian party presidential candidate, Ed Clark is a public figure for the libertarian movement and played an important role in its popularization.

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Economics, Keynesian

by Daniel B. Klein on Aug 15, 2008

Keynesian economists theorize that government spending can be used to manage the economy. It has been a widely accepted stance since the 1930s.