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High Prices and Low Prices

by Frédéric Bastiat in 1845

In this excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat dispels the notion that policymakers should attempt to attain “high” or “low” prices.

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What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

by Frederick Douglass in 1852

In this excerpt from a July 4th speech in 1852, Frederick Douglass highlights the contradiction of a country founded on liberty and yet supportive of slavery.

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Isabel Paterson

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A short biography of Isabel Paterson, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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Ayn Rand

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A short biography of Ayn Rand, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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On Freedom of the Press

by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835

Alexis de Tocqueville comments on the Freedom of the Press, explaining why it contributes to peacable societies despite the press’ volatility.

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No Man May Keep Me from My Opinions

by John Stuart Mill in 1859

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.

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The Death of Politics

by Karl Hess in 1969

Libertarianism, says Hess, is anti-political because it seeks to dismantle state control.

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The Saga of Pirate Captain John Gow, Part I

by Daniel Defoe on Jan 1, 1725

“Peterson…answered in a surly Tone…So as we Eat so shall we Work:  This he spoke aloud so as that…the Captain should hear him.

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The Levelers: Libertarian Revolutionaries

by Nicholas Elliott on May 1, 1989

In this essay, Nicholas Elliott examines the libertarian ideology of the Glorious Revolution’s so-called “Levelers.”