Oppenheimer, Franz (1864-1943)

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Franz Oppenheimer, a German sociologist, wrote a comprehensive explanation of the history of the state as a history of conquest.

Video Collection

Bruce Benson on the Evolution of Law

featuring Bruce Benson on Mar 8, 1997

Benson discusses the history of the legal system and the development of cooperation in society.


Society, State, and Right in Proudhon

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Dec 1, 1980

“Since the problem was the State, it was logical that Proudhon advocated natural, rather than positive law.”


State and Society

by Felix Morley on Sep 1, 1978

“The twentieth century’s major political developments flow from the coercive nature of the state.”


Oppenheimer, “The State”

by Murray Rothbard on Sep 1, 1975

Rothbard reviews a classic now more than a century old and as relevant as ever.


Nock, Albert Jay (1870-1945)

by Charles Hamilton on Aug 15, 2008

Albert Jay Nock was an influential writer who criticized political action and protested state interventionism at all levels.


The Revolution Comes to Italy

by Ralph Raico on May 1, 1978

“I found that the Libertarian Party is not an historically isolated phenomenon but is, on the contrary, the landing place of a great cultural tradition.”


State and Society, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Dec 3, 2013

Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”


The Birth of the State

by David S. D’Amato on Apr 18, 2016

The state was born of violence and oppression. This should color our understanding of its present nature.


A Kantian Case for Libertarianism

by Jason Kuznicki on Jan 3, 2017

The ethical system of Immanuel Kant, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.


The Literature of Liberty

by Tom G. Palmer on Feb 4, 1998

Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.