Mill: Liberal or Socialist?

by John Gray on Sep 1, 1978

“Mill’s allowance of some [interventionism] was always qualified by a concern to promote diversity, variety, and autonomy in all spheres of human life.”


Spencer & Laissez-Faire

by Mark Francis on Sep 1, 1978

“His thinking on this issue was not static or monolithic but shifted over time and falls into three distinct stages.”


Individualism, Property, and Revolt

by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese on Sep 1, 1978

“The radical thrust of the Physiocrats’ insistence on the sanctity… of private property spurred on the individualism of the French Revolution.”


Voluntary Servitude

by Nannerl Keohane in 1978

Keohane explores Etienne de La Boetie and Renaissance “radical humanism.”


History is the Story of Liberty, Not Nations

by Benedetto Croce in 1938

Croce argued that the lifespans of particular regimes, tyrants and oppressors are limited, but history always and inevitably arcs toward Liberty.


Three Women Who Launched a Movement

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

The birth of the modern American libertarian movement can arguably be traced to the work of three women.


The Other Adam Smith, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Oct 15, 2013

George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.


The Other Adam Smith, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Oct 8, 2013

George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.


The Other Adam Smith, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Oct 1, 2013

George Smith discusses some of Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy, as found in the Wealth of Nations.


The Literature of Liberty

by Tom G. Palmer on Feb 4, 1998

Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.


Thomas Hodgskin Versus Herbert Spencer, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Aug 27, 2013

Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.