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Equality: The Meaning of Class

by R. H. Tawney in 1931

“Violent contrasts of wealth and power [are] a mark…of barbarism, like the gold rings in the noses of savage monarchs, or the…chains on their slaves.”

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On Baby Selling

by Walter Block on Jan 2, 1979

Phyllis Schlafly on baby-selling: “What’s so wrong…? If I hadn’t been blessed [with] my own, I would have been happy to [pay] thousands of dollars for a baby.”

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Statism, Left, Right and Center

by Murray Rothbard on Jan 1, 1979

“A new polarization, a new ideological spectrum, is fast taking shape…The lines are getting drawn with increasing clarity. Statism vs. liberty. Us or Them.”

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Libertarians in Government

by Bruce Bartlett on Jan 1, 1979

“The critical importance of having a few libertarians…holding any…office is that they take libertarianism out of the realm of theory and into the real world.”

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The Shah Revisited

by Jeff Riggenbach on Oct 1, 1979

“The President’s behavior in the matter of Iran has been a national disgrace, and the sooner it is widely acknowledged as such…the better.”

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On View: “Ships” up–“Rings” Watered Down

by Chuck Walsh on Dec 1, 1978

“The world of Middle Earth enjoys peace and liberty until an evil despot named Sauron arises in the East and re-establishes his kingdom in the land of Mordor.”

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The Breakthrough Election

by Murray Rothbard on Dec 1, 1978

“1978 has…been the breakthrough year, the year in which the libertarian movement has suddenly [developed into] a genuine mass movement. We have arrived.”

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Equality: The Religion of Inequality

by R. H. Tawney in 1931

Societies “convinced that inequality is an evil need not be alarmed because [it] cannot wholly be subdued…Recognizing the poison[, they have] an antidote.”

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The Strategy and Logistics of Empire

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“The defects of the Victorian military system are clear enough from the history of both [the Egyptian and Zulu Wars.]

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Dewey, Pragmatism, and War

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“In 1917, Dewey believed that democracy would be expanded by aligning itself with the forces of history.”

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War and Social Change

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“Veblen was guilty of an intense and partisan interest in the war, but that interest did not lead him to abandon his principles.”

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Braudel, History, and Patterns

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“No longer self- [or even] collectively determining, the human individual shrinks and fades away in Braudel’s pages before the grandeur of the environment.”

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Antifederalism: Military & Civilian Concerns

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“There is a small libertarian [party] today, and vestiges of Antifederalism can be found in [this] strain in twentieth century American liberal thought.”

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Smith, Commerce & the Common Good

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“Despite his praise of the market economy’s “invisible hand,” Smith conceived a wide and elastic range of activities for government.”