Doherty traces the global history of American libertarianism from ancient times to the modern era.
Ralph Raico is a specialist in European classical liberalism and Austrian Economics. He learned economics under Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and Friedrich Hayek, and is professor emeritus of history at Buffalo State College. Raico was also the founder of the New Individualist Review.
The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.
A prolific author and Austrian economist, Murray Rothbard promoted a form of free market anarchism he called “anarcho-capitalism.”
In this excerpt from Libertarianism: A Primer, Boaz tells the history of the movement for liberty, from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu through the 20th century.
Originally published over several months in 1992, Raico’s brief history of classical liberalism was written in memory of Roy A. Childs, Jr.
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.”
Historian Ralph Raico shares selections from the writings of Richard Cobden.
“He was hated and intrigued against by the reactionaries at court; they went so far as to open his mail, as if he had in actuality been a Jacobin.”
“I found that the Libertarian Party is not an historically isolated phenomenon but is, on the contrary, the landing place of a great cultural tradition.”
“Commager’s out-of-date nonsense, masquerading as historical wisdom, is what they are going to teach little children in the government’s schools.”
Ralph Raico, one of the best living libertarian historians, on Rothbard’s birthday.
“The conception of This Perfect Day is brilliant, the execution flawless, and there is a continuing intelligence presiding over the whole work.”
In this essay, Ralph Raico examines the libertarian case for gay rights and describes how that case was expressed in the Libertarian Party’s positions.