A prolific author and Austrian economist, Murray Rothbard promoted a form of free market anarchism he called “anarcho-capitalism.”
Algernon Sidney was a 17th century English politician and philosopher who defied monarchism and was ultimately executed for his criticism of the English crown.
Samuel Adams was an important popular agitator and organizer during the American Revolution.
Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.
Swiss-born thinker, politician, author, and activist Benjamin Constant defended freedom in France against the ancien regime, the Terror, and Napoleon.
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass became a prominent abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights.
Rose Wilder Lane, journalist and author, was one of the founding mothers of modern American libertarianism.
17th-century pamphleteer, organizer, and dissident John Lilburne was an important early voice for liberty, especially in matters of criminal justice.
Daniel O’Connell was a lawyer, a peerless orator, and Ireland’s prominent political leader in the first half of the 19th century.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important organizer and writer in the American women’s rights movement.
Alexis de Toqueville was an important theorist of democratic society. He is best known as the author of Democracy in America.
Friedrich A. Hayek was a Nobel Laureate economist. He contributed to our understanding of free market economies and free societies generally.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a prominent activist in the civil rights movement, a spectacular orator, and a practitioner of nonviolent resistance.
Ludwig von Mises founded the modern Austrian School of economics, and wrote the sweeping, authoritative treatise Human Action.
Ayn Rand was one of the three “founding mothers” of modern libertarianism. She is best known as the author of Atlas Shrugged and other novels.
Founding father, scientist, businessman, diplomat—Franklin was America’s original “self-made man.”