Melville reflected literary Young America’s hopes that a culture of republicanism and democracy could serve all individuals.
Thomas Szasz is a psychiatrist and author well known for his criticism of the modern psychiatry movement. He has consistently sought to apply classical liberal principles (such as bodily and mental self ownership) to social science and also explored the consequences of mandatory institutionalization of persons the state deemed to be insane. In his book, The Myth of Mental Illness (1960), Szasz claims that psychiatry ultimately robs people of the responsibility of being moral agents by obscuring the difference between socially unacceptable behavior and disease.
“The conception of This Perfect Day is brilliant, the execution flawless, and there is a continuing intelligence presiding over the whole work.”
Jeff Riggenbach charges through the threshold.
Boaz outlines his libertarian view of rights and morality.
Riggenbach addresses the mainstay of popular and professional academic writing: the essay.
“Government tends to impose its authority by validating or invalidating an activity.”
“I found that the Libertarian Party is not an historically isolated phenomenon but is, on the contrary, the landing place of a great cultural tradition.”
“In a world of cynics and pessimists, we are optimists: we believe that Liberty is a standard to which all can repair.”
“With the Alaska campaigns and…Gary Greenberg for governor in New York, the Clark campaign will be one of the most important Libertarian efforts in 1978.”
“Art is revolution, and art can best serve revolution by remaining true to itself.”
On any given night, Americans everywhere now watch soft-core films or scenes on the television. “That ought to set the Birchers’ teeth on edge.”
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
“Isolationism is not a principle for free-market defense agencies because there would be no nation-State[s or] foreign policy for anyone to worry about.”
In this essay, Ralph Raico examines the libertarian case for gay rights and describes how that case was expressed in the Libertarian Party’s positions.
“One ought to say bluntly that the neoconservatives themselves are part of the problem here.”
A complex view into a complex thinker.
The great John Hospers surveys the most productive century in the history of ethics as a field of study.