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Statism, Left, Right and Center

by Murray Rothbard on Jan 1, 1979

“A new polarization… is fast taking shape…The lines are getting drawn with increasing clarity. Statism vs. liberty. Us or Them.”

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Dewey, Pragmatism, and War

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“In 1917, Dewey believed that democracy would be expanded by aligning itself with the forces of history.”

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English Radicalism: Rights vs. War & Taxes

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1981

“The American crisis was the English crisis writ large. English radicals recognized the [Americans’] right of resistance…[in] common law and natural arguments.”

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Nature and the Tao

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1981

“In this Taoist conception, man and nature are allied, connected, and inseparable. Man must be understood in vital interconnection with nature.”

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Historicism: Individuality or Pattern?

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1981

“Historicism has…stressed the unique, individualist, and particular aspects of history, but…[not] patterns and connection among these historical particulars.”

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Wilhelm von Humboldt

by Ralph Raico on May 1, 1978

“He was hated and intrigued against by the reactionaries at court; they went so far as to open his mail, as if he had in actuality been a Jacobin.”

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Democracy as Puritanism

by Tom G. Palmer on Apr 1, 1978

“Mencken hammers at the reader again and again with the incontestable truths of the iron law of oligarchy.”

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Rose Wilder Lane

by John Hospers on Apr 1, 1978

“Her finest work, excelling even The Discovery of Freedom, was never written for publication; yet it…has influenced many thousands of people.”

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Croce’s Hegemony: How to Win Minds

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Dec 1, 1980

“Croce’s aim was the cultural transformation of Italy through conversion to his Idealist philosophy.”

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The Parisian League

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Dec 1, 1980

“League partisans championed an elective monarchy and the sovereignty of the “people.””

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Editorial: John Bright

by Leonard P. Liggio on Dec 1, 1980

“For Bright, the economic arguments could not be separated from the moral arguments.”

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Editorial: Lon Fuller

by Leonard P. Liggio on Sep 1, 1980

“Fuller rejected coercion and hierarchies of command as identifying characteristics of law.”

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Liberty’s Heritage: Spencer on Patriotism

by Herbert Spencer on Feb 1, 1978

“When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don’t care if they are shot themselves.”

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The Decay of Radical Socialism

by Don C. Lavoie on Oct 1, 1977

“Libertarians are the only revolutionaries whose victory…will usher in an age of free men and women living their own lives as they choose.”

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Mandeville: The Culture & Virtue of Capitalism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

“Mandeville openly delighted in trade and demonstrated the public benefits of such private so-called “vices” as luxury and money-making.”

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Rousseau’s Anti-feminism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

“Rousseau neglects to recognize how women have been warped and limited by [their respective] socialization and cultural context[s].”