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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stoicism

by Roderick T. Long on Aug 15, 2008

Stoicism was a philosophical movement in Ancient Greece and Rome based on rational self-discipline, virtue, and natural law as the basis for state authority.

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Chodorov, Frank (1887-1966)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

A writer and thinker during the 20th century, Frank Chodorov added significantly to libertarian thought and the theory of individualism.

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Taxation

by Richard E. Wagner on Aug 15, 2008

Taxation is when government claims the resources of its citizens to fund its projects. Even if argued as necessary, it is a coercive process.