In light of the eugenics movement of the early-to-mid 20th century, genetics is often a dangerous topic in today’s scientific discourse.
John Brown was a dedicated leader of the American abolitionist movement, often known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.
An activist and author involved in both the conservative and libertarian movements, Hess opposed taxation and promoted neighborhood self-sufficiency.
The first presidential candidate of the Libertarian party, John Hospers played an important role in organizing libertarians for political action.
With his electoral vote in 1972 and presidential campaign in 1976, Roger Lea MacBride expanded the influence of the Libertarian Party.
Mason was a Virginian statesman who decried the centralization of government authority and was one of the major supporters of a written Bill of Rights.
Tonie Nathan was the running mate of 1976 Libertarian presidential candidate John Hospers and the first woman to receive an electoral vote.
Albert Jay Nock was an influential writer who criticized political action and protested state interventionism at all levels.
Lysander Spooner was a legal and political theorist favoring individualist anarchy. He is best known for his activism as an abolitionist.
Tullock contributed to the start of the public choice school of economics and countered status-quo arguments about the role of government in the market.
Liberty has been a value to many civilizations. In this entry, Roderick Long highlights a few instances of liberal ideas in pre-modern societies.
Many classical liberal writers believed in the right of revolution as a natural right that could be utilized when government failed to serve its purpose.
The New Deal was a series of government programs aimed at those hurt by the Great Depression, which majorly expanded the size and expense of government.
One of the major debates over the U.S. Constitution was between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, largely over the role of the states and a Bill of Rights.
Term limits played a crucial role in early US state governments. While a standard for executives, term limits are still debated for members of Congress.
Constitutionalism binds the government to a pre-decided set of rules and is favored as a form of limiting government expansion.
Freedom of speech is a pillar of a free society. In this entry, Alan Charles Kors discusses how it has been attacked even in modern democracies.
The Progressive Era of the early 20th century brought a new wave of socio-economic reform that fueled a much more interventionist government.