Historian Ralph Raico shares selections from the writings of Richard Cobden.
Richard Cobden was the premiere advocate of free trade in 19th century Britain.
In this essay, Richard Cobden argues that “that no foreign State has a right by force to interfere with the domestic concerns of another State.”
In these selections from his speeches and writings, Richard Cobden discusses the benefits of free trade, arguing against tariffs and militarism.
One of the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League, Richard Cobden is considered an example of a liberal thinker with considerable success in changing British policy.
The Anti-Corn Law League was a group that opposed the protectionist British Corn Laws and have been praised as a model for achieving radical libertarian reform.
Free trade allows for goods and services to move freely across borders. As a free system, it is the best way to distribute resources to those that value them most.
This audio course shows how classical liberalism developed in Europe and America in the nineteenth century.
One of the leaders of the Anti-Corn Law League, John Bright was an advocate for small government and non-interventionist foreign policy.
“For Bright, the economic arguments could not be separated from the moral arguments.”
A great 19th century French economist, Gustave de Molinari was outspoken about his opposition of protectionist government policy.
Liberalism in Germany reacted to the conservative and progressive political changes of the time with a strong anti-government stance.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Libertarians celebrate increasing individual liberties as the main fuel for human progress - material, moral, and intellectual.
D’Amato replies to Ryan Cooper’s essay “The Fraud of Classical Liberalism.”
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass became a prominent abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights.
George H. Smith explores the Voluntaryist critique of those who support free trade in religion and commerce but advocate state interference in education.
The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.