Cato’s Letters were letters published in 18th cent. Britain, focused on the concept of liberty and questioned tyrannical authority structures.
The Declaration of Independence famously spoke of right to “the pursuit of happiness,” a phrase that has been questioned as to its extent and meaning.
Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.
“The establishment of various colonial militias late in 1774 is thus best understood in the light of a long republican Whig dedication to that idea.”
Algernon Sidney was a fervent republican whose philosophy and politics, as well as his eventual martyrdom, influenced democratic revolutionaries who followed him.
Reiger begins a series discussing the Founders’ approach to Islam and religious freedom.
“For eighteenth-century radical thought, in addition to commerce and history, there was an important role given to religion and science.”
British Whigs were early supporters of constitutionalism and later continued to work for a platform of classical liberalism and republicanism.
Stoicism was a philosophical movement in Ancient Greece and Rome based on rational self-discipline, virtue, and natural law as the basis for state authority.
Smith explains the origins of deism and its basic ideas.
Historian Forrest McDonald exhaustively details what the Founders were reading.
John Locke was an Enlightenment philosopher who developed a social contract theory of natural rights and government.
Doherty traces the global history of American libertarianism from ancient times to the modern era.
Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.
James Madison was the fourth President of the United States and was the chief architect of the United States Constitution.
Liberalism and republicanism together made for a stronger worldview.