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Conservatism

by George Carey on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, George Carey explores the founding principles of conservatism and the ways in which they can be seen in modern conservative thought.

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Bureaucracy

by Paul Dragos Aligica on Aug 15, 2008

Bureaucratic organizations rely on hierarchal structures and uniform processes to accomplish tasks, an approach to organization that libertarians often critique.

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Subsidiarity

by Nigel Ashford on Aug 15, 2008

Subsidiarity is decentralized, bottom-up decision-making. Libertarians support decentralization that places the individual in charge of their own decisions.

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Spontaneous Order

by Norman Barry on Aug 15, 2008

Spontaneous order theory suggests that society is the aggregate of individual action, and that institutions of society form without government planning.

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Buckle, Henry Thomas (1821-1862)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Henry Thomas Buckle was a great British historian of the 19th century who dedicated his life to completing a comprehensive history of English culture.

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Progress

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Libertarians celebrate increasing individual liberties as the main fuel for human progress - material, moral, and intellectual.

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Buchanan, James M. (1919-2013)

by Peter T. Leeson on Aug 15, 2008

One of the leading economists of the last century, James M. Buchanan was one of the founders of the public choice theory of economics.

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Wicksell, Knut (1851-1926)

by Richard E. Wagner on Aug 15, 2008

Knut Wicksell was a Swedish economist whose insights on banking and investment influenced and anticipated the work of public choice economists.

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Tullock, Gordon

by Paul Dragos Aligica on Aug 15, 2008

Gordon Tullock contributed to the start of the public choice school of economics and countered status-quo arguments about the role of government in the market.

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Market Failure

by Tyler Cowen on Aug 15, 2008

Many libertarians argue that though market failures exist, private solutions still work more effectively than government intervention.

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Individualism, Political and Ethical

by Timothy Sandefur on Aug 15, 2008

Instead of focusing on groups and society, individualism places the individual as the focus of ethical discussion and political agency.

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Branden, Nathaniel (1930-2014)

by Chris Sciabarra on Aug 15, 2008

Often called the father of the self-esteem movement, Nathaniel Branden was a noted psychologist and author who favored personal freedom and choice.

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Böhm-Bawerk, Eugen von (1851-1914)

by Lawrence H. White on Aug 15, 2008

Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk and his signature work, Capital and Interest, contributed majorly to the Austrian School of economics and the concept of interest.

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Marxism

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

Marxism is the philosophy calling for the working class to overcome capitalism and institute a socialist society. Politically, it has only caused disaster.

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Prohibition of Alcohol

by Jackson Kuhl on Aug 15, 2008

The Prohibition of alcohol, from 1919-1933, though intended to reduce alcohol consumption, merely made alcohol consumption more dangerous.

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Private Property

by Tom Bethell on Aug 15, 2008

Private property succeeds in supporting an ordered, free, and just society where other configurations of property fail.

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Illicit Drugs

by Bruce Benson on Aug 15, 2008

Prohibitive and restrictive legislation towards drug use is both ineffective and does more harm to individuals than good.

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Drug Prohibition

by Gene Healy on Aug 15, 2008

Drug prohibition, or the criminalization and restriction of certain substances, has led to harmful effects to the economy and to human liberty and wellbeing.