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Civil Disobedience: Thoreau in Jail

by Henry David Thoreau in 1849

Thoreau describes his brief imprisonment and discusses the relationship between the state, his community, and his duties as an individual.

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Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)

by Jeff Riggenbach on Aug 15, 2008

Henry David Thoreau is best known for his essays on naturalism and on non-violent disobedience against repressive government policy and coercion.

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Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882)

by Roderick T. Long on Aug 15, 2008

One of the founders of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson was also a noted abolitionist and personal activist in the nineteenth century.

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Adam Smith, Class Warrior: The Left-Right Spectrum

by David S. D’Amato on Sep 20, 2016

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.

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Self-Interest

by Lester Hunt on Aug 15, 2008

Most libertarians view self-interest as crucial to individual behavior. In this entry, Lester Hunt outlines differing philosophies of self-interest.

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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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Peace and Pacifism

by Robert Higgs on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Robert Higgs outlines public opinion of war throughout American history and the stances the government took to anti-war sentiment.

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Libertarianism in the Crosshairs

by Tom G. Palmer on Jul 1, 2000

Starting from the premise that mass resistance to your ideas is a sign of success, Palmer critiques several criticisms of libertarian philosophy.