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A Cobden Digest on Free Trade

by Richard Cobden on Nov 5, 2015

In these selections from his speeches and writings, Richard Cobden discusses the benefits of free trade, arguing against tariffs and militarism.

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Against Paternalism

by Neera K. Badhwar on Oct 19, 2015

Showing respect for others means taking their rights and their autonomy seriously, not simply being concerned for their welfare.

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Don’t Smash the State

by Steven Horwitz on Sep 17, 2015

The goal is freedom, but how do we get there safely?

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Pathologies of Power

by Neera K. Badhwar on Jun 23, 2015

Widespread tendency to defer to authority plays important role in the expansion of state power.

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What Can Adam Smith Teach Us About Tax Policy?

by Scott Drenkard on May 28, 2015

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.”

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The Meaning of “Liberalism”

by Edwin van de Haar on Apr 22, 2015

Drawing on the work of Michael Freeden, Edwin van de Haar argues that supporters of liberty only really require three labels.

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You Don’t Own Me

by Timothy Sandefur on Mar 19, 2015

Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.

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Liggio on Dunoyer

by Leonard P. Liggio on Oct 17, 2014

Download Leonard Liggio’s dissertation on Charles Dunoyer.

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The God of the Machine

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A look at Isabel Paterson’s The God of the Machine, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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The Fountainhead

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A look at Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, one of the three books that launched the modern American libertarian movement.

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The Discovery of Freedom

by Cato Institute on Mar 1, 2014

A look at Rose Wilder Lane’s The Discovery of Freedom, one of the three books that 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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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.