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Auberon Herbert, Voluntaryist

by Eric Mack on Feb 1, 1979

“We have as individuals to be above every system in which we take our place, not beneath it, not under its feet, and at its mercy.”

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The Plumb Line: The Menace of the Space Cult

by Murray Rothbard on Feb 1, 1979

“So there we have it: two irreconcilable groups within the Libertarian Party: the Realists and the Necromancers, the “Earthlings” and the Space Cadets.”

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The Habit of Confrontation

by Earl Ravenal on Feb 1, 1979

“American citizens…spend and risk [to benefit] a small coterie of foreign policy bureaucrats, who want to play their power games in the world.”

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Free Market Conservation

by Jeff Riggenbach on Feb 1, 1979

“There’s a [market] demand…for the kind of wilderness conservation the government would like us to believe is only possible through public ownership of land.”

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Equality: Liberty and Equality

by R. H. Tawney in 1931

“Power over the public is public power,” even when “private persons are permitted to buy and sell, own and bequeath it, as they deem most profitable.”

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Tom Paine, Bourgeois Radical Democrat

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1982

“Paine was [prevented by his] liberal social theory and competitive individualism from seeing nongovernmental threats to freedom, equality, and democracy.”

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Levellers: Historical Continuity & Rights

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1981

“In sum, the Levellers made peace with the English Middle Ages and their continuity with the common law.”

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Editorial: Hayek, Harper, and Libertarian Utopia

by Leonard P. Liggio on Dec 1, 1981

“F.A. Hayek and F.A. Harper [founder of the IHS], underline the esteem in which utopian thinking was held by two of the most persuasive advocates of liberty.”

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Liberalism, Virtue, Rights & Manners

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

For Pocock, “Liberty is viewed as basically “positive” in that it involves the cultivation of a politicized “civic virtue” in ruling and being ruled.”

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The Idea of Peace: 500-1150

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

“Early medieval peace theories represent a significant step in the development of the Western mind.”

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Isaiah Berlin on Liberty

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 2, 1981

“Berlin makes freedom appear as isolation rather than sharing.”

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Medieval Liberty & Its Evolution

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

“The foundation stone of the Western tradition of liberty is to be found in the medieval concept of territorial immunity.”

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Inventing the State: the Investiture Conflict

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

“By appealing to written rules instead of to what men remembered, the Gregorian reformers initiated a fundamental change in Western thinking.”