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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.

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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.

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Children

by Maureen Kelley on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Marueen Kelley explains some libertarian takes and positions on social issues in which children become the focus of discussion.

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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.

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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.

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Privatization

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.

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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.

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Censorship

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.

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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.

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Pornography

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.

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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.

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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.

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Education

by Andrew Coulson on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Andrew Coulson surveys the expectations and past models of education throughout history.

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Sidney, Algernon (1623-1683)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

Algernon Sidney was a fervent republican whose philosophy and politics, as well as his eventual martyrdom, influenced democratic revolutionaries who followed him.

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Republicanism, Classical

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

Classical Republicans were early advocates of constitutionalism and the rule of law. Their work is foundational to political theory today.

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Capital Punishment

by Jarrett Decker on Aug 15, 2008

Also known as the death penalty, capital punishment has divided libertarians over the power of government and the justice of criminal procedures.

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Retribution for Crime

by Eric Mack on Aug 15, 2008

Retributive justice holds that punishment is the only way to achieve justice and properly disincentivize criminal behavior, but to explain why, opinions differ.

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Smith, Adam (1723-1790)

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

Adam Smith is credited as one of the most important theorists of laissez-faire economics. His work is often seen as foundational to capitalism.