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Reader’s Forum: On Spontaneous Order

by Various Authors on Dec 1, 1982

Literature of Liberty readers, writers, and reviewers engage in a roundtable discussion of spontaneous order.

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Editorial: Hayek

by Leonard P. Liggio on Dec 1, 1982

“Hayek…weave[d] together the legal, historical, political, and economic dimensions of the freedoms implied in a spontaneous-order social science methodology.”

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Tocqueville: On Prisons & Modern Despotism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“The new despotism [will] rely on isolation, equality…private production and consumption[,] the eclipse of public life, and the loss of a meaningful future.”

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Marxist Historiography & the French Revolution

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Economic evidence does not support any sudden change in the means of production and exchange in eighteenth-century France.”

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Charles A. Beard: Power vs. Authority

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Beard believed that in attempting to disperse power, the framers also destroyed authority.”

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Rival Notions of Republicanism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Ames’ classical republicanism [differed] from the Jeffersonian approval of multiple factions, an optimistic view of human nature, and democratic populism.”

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Jeffersonian Optimism vs. Country Pessimism

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Jefferson…wanted government to offer protection to the personal realm, so that men might freely exercise their beneficent faculties.”

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The First Amendment: 1918-1928

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“The intellectual turmoil of the period raised serious questions concerning the legitimate parameters of dissent in American society.”

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The Limited Liability Corporation

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“The notion that the LLC was a ‘necessary’ product of capitalist development appears to be historical hindsight.”

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British Free Banking & Monetary Theory

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1982

“Free banking dispenses with government authority over money, and allows an orderly yet unmanipulated monetary system.”

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Editorial: Mises

by Leonard P. Liggio on Sep 1, 1982

“Mises [completed] the subjectivist revolution in economic theory by unifying all economics into a general microeconomic framework.”

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The Levellers & Natural Law

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“The Levellers…approached the question of a constitutional settlement as an ethical or moral one, based on the premises of natural law.”

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Existentialism: Nature & Freedom

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“Man’s consciousness, or his intentionality creatively fashions, with complete freedom, whatever reality he chooses.”

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Mentalities as Cultural History

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“Paradoxically, man as creator creates structures which limit his capacity for free expression.”