The radical libertarian abolitionists thought it was senseless to attack slavery while defending the institutions that upheld it.
William Lloyd Garrison
An ardent abolitionist and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement, William Lloyd Garrison is perhaps best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and as one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Albert Jay Nock, author, aesthete, and social critic, was an advocate of liberty in a collectivist age.
Algernon Sidney was a 17th century English politician and philosopher who defied monarchism and was ultimately executed for his criticism of the English crown.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important organizer and writer in the American women’s rights movement.
Lysander Spooner was an American legal theorist, abolitionist, and anarchist.
In this excerpt from Libertarianism: A Primer, Boaz tells the history of the movement for liberty, from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu through the 20th century.
William Lloyd Garrison said that slavery violates the fundamental right of all individuals to be free, and he dedicated his life to abolishing the practice.
Henry David Thoreau sought to live as a wholly free person in a world that was not wholly free. Learn more about his life in this audio home study course.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Smith analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought.
Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.
Doherty traces the global history of American libertarianism from ancient times to the modern era.
Frederick Douglass argues that slavery “destroys the central principle of human responsibility” and violates the Constitution in three short essays.
William Lloyd Garrison argues that slavery was a direct violation of each person’s ownership of himself.