Raised from a young age to continue the philosophical tradition of Benthamite utilitarianism, Mill contributed to philosophy of science and ethics.
A guide to books on the history of liberty and libertarianism.
A selection of books to take readers beyond the basics of libertarianism and into the philosophy and economics that provide its foundations.
A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.
Ludwig von Mises founded the modern Austrian School of economics, and wrote the sweeping, authoritative treatise Human Action.
Albert Jay Nock, author, aesthete, and social critic, was an advocate of liberty in a collectivist age.
Daniel O’Connell was a lawyer, a peerless orator, and Ireland’s prominent political leader in the first half of the 19th century.
Agitator and pamphleteer par excellence, Thomas Paine was involved in both the American and French Revolutions.
Ayn Rand was one of the three “founding mothers” of modern libertarianism. She is best known as the author of Atlas Shrugged and other novels.
A prolific author and Austrian economist, Murray Rothbard promoted a form of free market anarchism he called “anarcho-capitalism.”
Algernon Sidney was a 17th century English politician and philosopher who defied monarchism and was ultimately executed for his criticism of the English crown.
Herbert Spencer was a 19th century philosopher, sociologist, and biologist and a prominent advocate for laissez-faire policies.
Lysander Spooner was an American legal theorist, abolitionist, and anarchist.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important organizer and writer in the American women’s rights movement.
Alexis de Toqueville was an important theorist of democratic society. He is best known as the author of Democracy in America.
As a Swedish diplomat in Hungary, Raoul Wallenberg saved nearly 100,000 lives from execution by the Nazis.
Born a slave, Booker T. Washington went on to found Tuskegee University, and raised money for many other black schools and colleges.