Thoreau develops a theory of the ethics of civil disobedience in the context of his tax resistance during the Mexican-American war.
Thoreau describes his brief imprisonment and discusses the relationship between the state, his community, and his duties as an individual.
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.
Henry David Thoreau is best known for his essays on naturalism and on non-violent disobedience against repressive government policy and coercion.
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.
The Triumph of Liberty: A 2,000-Year History, Told through the Lives of Freedom’s Greatest Champions
In his new book, The Triumph of Liberty, Jim Powell focuses on the individuals who helped freedom to advance.
One of the founders of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson was also a noted abolitionist and personal activist in the nineteenth century.
Robert LeFevre on the long history of libertarianism.
A short profile of the ideas of Gene Sharp, the foremost scholar of nonviolent resistance.
D’Amato argues that Adam Smith’s role as a critic of incumbent mercantilist interests has been wrongly obscured by those who see him as aligned with the right.
Most libertarians view self-interest as crucial to individual behavior. In this entry, Lester Hunt outlines differing philosophies of self-interest.
Gandhi saw civil resistance as a way to accept suffering and sacrifice in order to make the other side realize the justness of the cause.
Jury nullification is the practice of a jury refusing to convict a defendant of violating a law the jurors view as unjust.
Riggenbach addresses the mainstay of popular and professional academic writing: the essay.
In this entry, Robert Higgs outlines public opinion of war throughout American history and the stances the government took to anti-war sentiment.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent activist in the civil rights movement, a spectacular orator, and a practitioner of nonviolent resistance.