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The Levelers: Libertarian Revolutionaries

by Nicholas Elliott on May 1, 1989

In this essay, Nicholas Elliott examines the libertarian ideology of the Glorious Revolution’s so-called “Levelers.”

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 93: Freeborn John, with Michael Braddick

featuring Anthony Comegna on Feb 12, 2019

By trolling the English Court, John Lilburne helped reestablish all sorts of fundamental rights to the English legal tradition. 

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Why Has Liberty Flourished in the West?

by Jim Powell on Sep 1, 2000

Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.

encyclopedia

Equality

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

A libertarian focus on equality mostly focuses on the notion of equal rights and justice systems must operate in a way that maintains these rights.

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Puritanism

by Hans Eicholz on Aug 15, 2008

Puritans were Protestant Christians in England and Scotland who fought for reform of the church against Anglican opposition and backlash.

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John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

by George H. Smith on Dec 4, 2015

Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written, and the possible influence of the Levellers on Locke.

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English Civil Wars

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

In this entry, Ronald Hamowy overviews the English Civil Wars of the mid 17th century and the raised issues of royal authority and religious liberty.

encyclopedia

Levellers

by Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard on Aug 15, 2008

The Levellers was a loosely organized group of radicals who fought both the rule of the English monarchy and Cromwell’s commonwealth during the English Civil War.

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John Locke: A Leveller Connection?

by George H. Smith on Dec 18, 2015

Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.

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An Independent Judiciary: Edward Coke

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

Edward Coke was a great English jurist, scholar, and reformer. He opposed absolute monarchy and promoted the common law.