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Humboldt, Wilhelm von (1767-1835)

by Detmar Doering on Aug 15, 2008

Known as the namesake of Berlin’s premier university, Wilhelm von Humboldt was a statesman, educational reformer, and German liberal philosopher.

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Humanism

by Antony Flew on Aug 15, 2008

Originally referring to renaissance thinkers and scholars emphasizing human possibility and achievement, the word “humanist” has taken on other meanings.

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Hospers, John (1918-2011)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.

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Nathan, Tonie (1923-2014)

by David Boaz on Aug 15, 2008

Tonie Nathan was the running mate of 1976 Libertarian presidential candidate John Hospers and the first woman to receive an electoral vote.

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Hodgskin, Thomas (1787-1869)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Hodgskin was a British political and economic theorist affiliated most with individualist anarchism, though his writings were vivid and original.

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Left Libertarianism

by Jan Narveson and David Trenchard on Aug 15, 2008

Left libertarians, while supporters of some personal freedoms, are often proponents of a socialist or communal view on natural resources and property.

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Herbert, Auberon (1838-1906)

by Eric Mack on Aug 15, 2008

A staunch defender of property rights and opponent to forced redistribution, Auberon Herbert contributed several major works to classical liberalism.

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Spencer, Herbert (1820-1903)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Herbert Spencer was a major influence on 19th century liberalism. His work on evolutionary theory and social order made him one of the first sociologists.

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Heinlein, Robert (1907-1988)

by Amy Sturgis on Aug 15, 2008

Robert Heinlein, author of a number of fundamental science fiction pieces and novels, provided an eerily relevant social critique of the overreach of government.

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Hazlitt, Henry (1894-1993)

by Bettina Greaves on Aug 15, 2008

Henry Hazlitt was an economic journalist and popular author whose works explained and elaborated on many libertarian ideas.

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Harper, Floyd Arthur “Baldy” (1905-1973)

by Will Wilkinson on Aug 15, 2008

An accomplished libertarian writer and the founder of the Institute for Humane Studies, Baldy Harper devoted his life to educating others about libertarianism.

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Read, Leonard E. (1898-1983)

by Donald J. Boudreaux and Nick Slepko on Aug 15, 2008

Leonard E. Read was an activist who founded the Foundation for Economic Education, a free-market and anti-socialist nonprofit and educational organization.

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Goldwater, Barry (1909-1998)

by Lee Edwards on Aug 15, 2008

Barry Goldwater’s stark commitment to a platform of freedom and limited government helped to realign public opinion in support of economic conservatism.

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Taft, Robert A. (1889-1953)

by Leonard Liggio on Aug 15, 2008

Robert A. Taft was a prominent US Senator who started and passed legislation restricting government and union control and advocating for international diplomacy.

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Godwin, William (1756-1836)

by Wendy McElroy on Aug 15, 2008

A popular novelist as well as a political philosopher, William Godwin was one of the first influential writers on the topic of philosophical anarchism.

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Glorious Revolution

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

The Glorious Revolution brought Mary II and William III of Orange to the English throne and soothed the religious and political conflict of the English Civil Wars.

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Tax Competition

by Daniel J. Mitchell on Aug 15, 2008

Tax competition occurs when governments adopt more attractive tax policies to attract people to live and do business within their borders.

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Simon, Julian (1932-1998)

by Donald J. Boudreaux on Aug 15, 2008

Julian Simon was an American economist who wrote on the ways in which human innovation and efficiency makes population growth a net benefit for production.