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Interest Rightly Understood

by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1840

Tocqueville discusses the ways that self-interest disciplines people in the habits of regularity, temperance, moderation, foresight, and self-command.

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Using the Market for Social Development

by Milton Friedman on Nov 1, 1988

Friedman explores the nature of privatization in the United States, Europe, China, and Soviet Russia, arguing that there is no one route to economic freedom.

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You Are a Man And So Am I

by Frederick Douglass on Sep 3, 1848

Frederick Douglass argues that slavery “destroys the central principle of human responsibility” and violates the Constitution in three short essays.

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Rights and Responsibilities of Women

by Angelina Grimké in 1837

Angelina Grimké applies libertarian ideas to both women and blacks, showing that they are moral agents possessing rights and responsibilities.

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Woman as a Moral Being

by Sarah Grimké in 1837

Grimké, a prominent abolitionist lecturer and early feminist, criticizes the legal status of women under English and American law.

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The Era of Expert Failure

by Arnold Kling on Aug 3, 2010

Diversified knowledge required in the modern economy requires relying on experts, but imbuing these experts with political authority has disastrous consequences.

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Capitalism Makes Us Better People

by Will Wilkinson on May 1, 2009

Wilkinson responds to Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.

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Government, War, and Libertarianism

by Justin Logan on May 1, 2008

Logan criticizes libertarian hawks, not only for supporting anti-libertarian policies, but also for promoting strategies which encourage terrorists.

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The Return of Big Government

by David Boaz on Jan 1, 2009

Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.

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Rich is Beautiful

by Richard D. North on Nov 1, 2005

Affluence is not an evil to be belittled, but a good that the West is fortunate to have attained, and that is benefiting the rest of the world.

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James Madison’s Vision of Liberty

by John Samples on Mar 1, 2001

Samples explores James Madison’s life by examining his motivations in drafting and later defending the United States Constitution.

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The Importance of History

by David Boaz on Jul 1, 2003

Boaz highlights how history shapes our view of the present and stresses the necessity of looking back to the Founding Fathers to learn what makes America great.

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Myths of the Nanny State

by Radley Balko on Sep 1, 2006

Balko argues that there simply isn’t much evidence to support the sky-is-falling scenarios offered up by proponents of modern paternalism.

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Objectivists and Libertarians

by David Boaz on Aug 1, 1997

Boaz addresses the question of whether libertarianism must rest on the Objectivist philosophical system.

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An Interview with F. A. Hayek

by James U. Blanchard III on May 1, 1984

Hayek discusses his book, “The Fatal Conceit,” the development of money, and Margaret Thatcher.