Franz Oppenheimer, a German sociologist, wrote a comprehensive explanation of the history of the state as a history of conquest.
Benson discusses the history of the legal system and the development of cooperation in society.
“Since the problem was the State, it was logical that Proudhon advocated natural, rather than positive law.”
“The twentieth century’s major political developments flow from the coercive nature of the state.”
Rothbard reviews a classic now more than a century old and as relevant as ever.
A guide to books on the history of liberty and libertarianism.
Albert Jay Nock was an influential writer who criticized political action and protested state interventionism at all levels.
Albert Jay Nock, author, aesthete, and social critic, was an advocate of liberty in a collectivist age.
The ancient Greek poet Hesiod favored productive work over violent expropriation.
“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.”
Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”
Laurance Labadie was the last true exponent of ninteenth-century Tuckerite anarchism.
The state was born of violence and oppression. This should color our understanding of its present nature.
Libertarians have long drawn a distinction between those who produce wealth and those who expropriate it-but who is in which category has changed.
Doherty traces the global history of American libertarianism from ancient times to the modern era.
This 1971 essay was serialized in Reason. In this opening part of the essay, Childs discusses history, philosophy, and revisionism.
The ethical system of Immanuel Kant, properly understood, justifies libertarian political institutions.
Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.