“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.”
This essay examines the important role culture plays in markets.
In this satirical essay, Bastiat petitions on behalf of candle makers for the protection from foreign competition, the sun.
“This is Röpke at his best…His attack on social rationalism, whether of the Left or the Right, is as devastating as it is Witty.”
In this short excerpt from Economic Sophisms, Bastiat demonstrates the absurdity of supposed economic benefits from inefficiency.
George H. Smith explores the Voluntaryist critique of those who support free trade in religion and commerce but advocate state interference in education.
Herbert Spencer was a 19th century philosopher, sociologist, and biologist and a prominent advocate for laissez-faire policies.
The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.
History’s first great philosopher wasn’t a fan of educational freedom.
Adam Smith explores the benefits of Free Trade.
“The Free Man’s Almanac, compiled by Leonard Read, is one of the best and most useful for libertarians that I have run across.”
“The absence of formal government did not result in the western frontier of the United States being as wild as legend has it.”
“To my mind the law is not our worst enemy. … Religious bigotry, marital jealousy, social prejudice, will operate in ostracism, contempt…and actual violence.”
In this excerpt from On Liberty, Mill argues that the right of an individual to her own opinion isn’t only good for her, but for the rest of society.
A prolific author and Austrian economist, Murray Rothbard promoted a form of free market anarchism he called “anarcho-capitalism.”
Mises concludes by arguing that intervention is not a sustainable “third way” between totalitarian socialism and liberal capitalism.
“Free banking dispenses with government authority over money, and allows an orderly yet unmanipulated monetary system.”