The Enlightenment brought a wave of philosophical ideas, including classical liberalism, scientific progress, and social and religious tolerance.
Smith discusses some background of the debate between Paine and Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.
“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.”
Agitator and pamphleteer par excellence, Thomas Paine was involved in both the American and French Revolutions.
Daniel O’Connell was a lawyer, a peerless orator, and Ireland’s prominent political leader in the first half of the 19th century.
One of the most highly-regarded historians of 19th-century America gives his contribution to the Literature of Liberty.
In this excerpt from Libertarianism: A Primer, Boaz tells the history of the movement for liberty, from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu through the 20th century.
“Joseph Priestley here, too, speaks for his age, for his religious brethren, and for his class.”
Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.