Leonard Liggio presents the case for libertarianism as an alternative to the traditional right/left divide in politics, especially with foreign policy.
Leonard P. Liggio
Leonard Liggio was the Executive Vice President of Academics at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Institute for Humane Studies, and a Research Professor at George Mason University’s School of Law.
Editorials by Leonard P. Liggio in Literature of Liberty: A Review of Contemporary Liberal Thought (1978-1982)
A collection of editorials written by Liggio for the 20 volumes of the journal Literature of Liberty: A Review of Contemporary Liberal Thought.
In 1978, “a major event at the Mont Pelerin meeting was a special session on the libertarian movement around the world.”
“Nisbet views the anarchists as the major philosophers who successfully answer advocates of centralization of the state and collectivism.”
Liggio recounts the story of the modern libertarian movement in America, beginning with the resistance to FDR’s New Deal programs in the 1930s
Liggio speaks about the reemergence of classical liberalism as a reaction to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal policies and America’s entry into World War II.
Leonard Liggio tells the history of classical liberalism in this 1985 lecture.
Download Leonard Liggio’s dissertation on Charles Dunoyer.
Liggio argues that “The heroes of America First and of American isolationism in general deserve the attention and knowledge of today’s libertarians.”
Liggio discusses George Mason and Daniel Morgan.
Leonard Liggio described the ideologically-inspired, Romantic life of George Julian.
Jefferson valued Turgot so highly, “that in the honored place of the entrance hall to Monticello he placed a Houdon portrait bust to this Enlightenment hero.”
“Mill keenly appreciated the indispensable and complex role of the intellectuals.”
“Those who opposed communism…on principle, the individualists and isolationists of the Old Right, were [also] opponents of [the Cold War.]”
“Paine spoke for the governed against the government and for the living rather than the dead. At best he saw government as only a small part of society.”
“Today, a half century of disquieting experience with the volatile monetary system has reawakened interest in the economic principles Ricardo espoused.”
For his ideas about the emergence of governing institutions out of the state of Nature, Locke looked to Native America.