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The Lust for Power

by George H. Smith on Jan 17, 2014

Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.

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Revolution, Right of

by Robert M. S. McDonald on Aug 15, 2008

Many classical liberal writers believed in the right of revolution as a natural right that could be utilized when government failed to serve its purpose.

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Cato’s Letters

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

Cato’s Letters were letters published in 18th cent. Britain, focused on the concept of liberty and questioned tyrannical authority structures.

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Sidney, Algernon (1623-1683)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

Algernon Sidney was a fervent republican whose philosophy and politics, as well as his eventual martyrdom, influenced democratic revolutionaries who followed him.

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Editorial: 18th Century English Radicalism

by Leonard P. Liggio on Jun 1, 1980

“For eighteenth-century radical thought, in addition to commerce and history, there was an important role given to religion and science.”

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Whiggism

by Ronald Hamowy on Aug 15, 2008

British Whigs were early supporters of constitutionalism and later continued to work for a platform of classical liberalism and republicanism.

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Stoicism

by Roderick T. Long on Aug 15, 2008

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.

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Pursuit of Happiness

by Hans Eicholz on Aug 15, 2008

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.

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A Founding Father’s Library

by Forrest McDonald in 1978

Historian Forrest McDonald exhaustively details what the Founders were reading.

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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.