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David S. D’Amato

David S. D’Amato is an attorney and adjunct law professor whose writing has appeared at the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Future of Freedom Foundation, the Centre for Policy Studies, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Liberty Fund’s Online Library of Law and Liberty, the Foundation for Economic Education, and in major newspapers around the world. D’Amato is on the Board of Policy Advisors for the Heartland Institute and he is the Benjamin Tucker Research Fellow at the Molinari Institute’s Center for a Stateless Society. He earned a JD from New England School of Law and an LLM in Global Law and Technology from Suffolk University Law School.

 

 

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On Libertarian Socialism

by David S. D’Amato on Oct 23, 2013

D’Amato explores the history of individualist anarchism and “voluntary socialism.”

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The Radical Abolitionists

by David S. D’Amato on Dec 2, 2013

The radical libertarian abolitionists thought it was senseless to attack slavery while defending the institutions that upheld it.

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The Radical Abolitionists, Part 2

by David S. D’Amato on Jan 7, 2014

D’Amato looks at the Garrisonians, the most diehard and arguably most consistently libertarian of the abolitionists.

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Egoism in Rand and Stirner

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 11, 2014

D’Amato looks at the philosophy of egoism and contrasts the versions of it offered by Ayn Rand and Max Stirner.

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Man of Paradox: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

by David S. D’Amato on Dec 15, 2014

An intellectual portrait of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, an early anarchist who had a profound influence on libertarianism and socialism as we know them today.

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Free Love: Angela and Ezra Heywood

by David S. D’Amato on Feb 13, 2015

Sex radicals Angela and Ezra Haywood published the periodical The Word, often battling censors in their effort to get government out of the bedroom.

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Free Love: Moses Harman

by David S. D’Amato on Feb 26, 2015

Moses Harman, publisher of Lucifer, the Light Bearer, was an important figure in the ninteenth century free love, anarchist, and feminist movements.

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Free Love: Victoria Woodhull

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 23, 2015

Victoria Woodhull was a political radical in the free love movement and the first woman to run for president.

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An Introduction to Jury Nullification

by David S. D’Amato on May 4, 2015

Jury nullification is the practice of a jury refusing to convict a defendant of violating a law the jurors view as unjust.

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Dora Marsden, Free Woman

by David S. D’Amato on May 8, 2015

A radical individualist, Dora Marsden edited the political journals The Freewoman, The New Freewoman, and The Egoist.

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Thomism and Decentralism

by David S. D’Amato on May 18, 2015

The thought of Thomas Aquinas, which was strongly influenced by Aristotle, offers a potential justification for political decentralization.

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Classical Elite Theory and Libertarianism

by David S. D’Amato on Jun 3, 2015

Classical elites and libertarians both agree that oligarchic rulers are corrupt. However, the two groups also have a fundamental disagreement.