In these selections from his speeches and writings, Richard Cobden discusses the benefits of free trade, arguing against tariffs and militarism.
Problems with a “Fair Rate of Return”
Showing respect for others means taking their rights and their autonomy seriously, not simply being concerned for their welfare.
The goal is freedom, but how do we get there safely?
Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power.
Smith constructed four maxims of taxation for public funding. We use them to evaluate our current tax system, which “notably deviate[s] from these principles.”
Drawing on the work of Michael Freeden, Edwin van de Haar argues that supporters of liberty only really require three labels.
Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.
Download Leonard Liggio’s dissertation on Charles Dunoyer.
Implementing policies like those proposed by Thomas Piketty would undermine the government’s legitimacy, which depends on the limits to its powers.
Donohue explains how modern libertarianism traces back to the Antifederalists, the group opposed to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
Martin Gurri discusses how the tidal wave of information rising in the past few decades has transformed the relationship between authority figures and the public.
This comparison of Rand and Smith was originally given as a presentation at Clemson University; this is a transcript.
A look at Isabel Paterson’s The God of the Machine, 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 Rose Wilder Lane’s The Discovery of Freedom, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A short biography of Ayn Rand, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.
A short biography of Isabel Paterson, one of three women who launched the modern American libertarian movement.