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Civil Disobedience: Thoreau in Jail

by Henry David Thoreau in 1849

Thoreau describes his brief imprisonment and discusses the relationship between the state, his community, and his duties as an individual.

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Freedom From Plunder: Frédéric Bastiat

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.

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An Independent Judiciary: Edward Coke

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.

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Critics of Liberty: A Reading List

by Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2011

A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.