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British Free Banking & Monetary Theory

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Free banking dispenses with government authority over money, and allows an orderly yet unmanipulated monetary system.”

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Mentalities as Cultural History

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“Paradoxically, man as creator creates structures which limit his capacity for free expression.”

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Trotsky: the Ignorance and the Evil

by Ralph Raico on Mar 1, 1979

Was Trotsky “a hero? Well, no thank you—I’ll find my own heroes somewhere else…It would have been better if he had never been born.”

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Tom Paine, Bourgeois Radical Democrat

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1982

“Paine was [prevented by his] liberal social theory and competitive individualism from seeing nongovernmental threats to freedom, equality, and democracy.”

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Levellers: Historical Continuity & Rights

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1981

“In sum, the Levellers made peace with the English Middle Ages and their continuity with the common law.”

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Liberalism, Virtue, Rights & Manners

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

For Pocock, “Liberty is viewed as basically “positive” in that it involves the cultivation of a politicized “civic virtue” in ruling and being ruled.”

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The Idea of Peace: 500-1150

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

“Early medieval peace theories represent a significant step in the development of the Western mind.”

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Isaiah Berlin on Liberty

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 2, 1981

“Berlin makes freedom appear as isolation rather than sharing.”

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Inventing the State: the Investiture Conflict

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

“By appealing to written rules instead of to what men remembered, the Gregorian reformers initiated a fundamental change in Western thinking.”

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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.”