“For eighteenth-century radical thought, in addition to commerce and history, there was an important role given to religion and science.”
Morton tells the Puritans “that they would [in due time] repent those malicious practices, and so would he too; for he was a Separatist amongst the Separatists.”
“Republication of the Schimpflexicon is a fitting tribute, a festschrift which Mencken would have welcomed.”
Palmer “went to New York…to set up a table for the Young Libertarian Alliance, hoping to find some sparks…that might be fanned into flames.” No dice.
Native Americans lived happier and freer, “being void of care, which torments…so many Christians: They are not delighted in baubles, but in useful things.”
English monarchs used revenues from corporate charters to work around parliamentary control of the power to tax.
“Navigation, trade, and commerce, in…the West-Indies, and Africa” is reserved exclusively to “the common united strength of the merchants…one General Company.”
The greatest evils are typically perpetrated by ideologues committed to false conceptions of the good.
“If we ponder the history of compulsory education…it may well seem that the Klan and the ‘liberal’ educational reformers were not so far apart after all.”
“Trying to improve the government school system in the 1990s is like a great national effort to improve horses in the 1890s.”
Literature of Liberty reviews a slew of major historians’ recent studies of a subject far too often neglected in libertarian circles.
“The insidious forces which produce inequality and destroy liberty are the subject of a large part of this volume.”
Liberalism and republicanism together made for a stronger worldview.
Liggio discusses George Mason and Daniel Morgan.
Riggenbach handles the mainstay and workhorse of modern fiction.
The storied life of America’s young revolutionary.
McElroy’s book ignores important sources that would undermine her views.
Mary Wollstonecraft was an outspoken advocate for equal rights for men and women and individualism.