A look at Rose Wilder Lane’s The Discovery of Freedom, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A look at Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A look at Isabel Paterson’s The God of the Machine, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.
In his final interview before his death in 2002, Robert Nozick covers a range of topics, including his purported repudiation of libertarianism.
Adam Smith relies on the marketplace of ideas to combat religious fanaticism. In this selected passage,
Smith argues that religious liberty tempers the nefarious effects of fanaticism and allows for rational moderation to prevail in religious societies.
Alexis de Tocqueville comments on the Freedom of the Press, explaining why it contributes to peacable societies despite the press’ volatility.
Property rights in democratic societies contribute much to peaceable relations among men as they pursue commercial endeavors.
In the Republic, Plato discusses with Adeimantus the benefits of specialization and the division of labor.
Originally published over several months in 1992, Raico’s brief history of classical liberalism was written in memory of Roy A. Childs, Jr.
Gurri explains how the tidal wave of information rising in the past few decades transformed the relationship between authority figures and the public.
Donohue explains how modern libertarianism traces back to the Antifederalists, the group opposed to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
In this excerpt from On Liberty, Mill argues that the right of an individual to her own opinion isn’t only good for her, but for the rest of society.
Lao-Tzu urges that the people be largely left alone; if they are not harassed by the state, they can manage their own affairs well enough.
Implementing policies like those proposed by Thomas Piketty would undermine the government’s legitimacy, which depends on the limits to its powers.
Download Leonard Liggio’s dissertation on Charles Dunoyer.
This comparison of Rand and Smith was originally given as a presentation at Clemson University; this is a transcript.
Childs argues that Rand’s Objectivism logically implies support for anarchism, not for a single state that can exclude competitors within its territory.