Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz is a psychiatrist and author well known for his criticism of the modern psychiatry movement. He has consistently sought to apply classical liberal principles (such as bodily and mental self ownership) to social science and also explored the consequences of mandatory institutionalization of persons the state deemed to be insane. In his book, The Myth of Mental Illness (1960), Szasz claims that psychiatry ultimately robs people of the responsibility of being moral agents by obscuring the difference between socially unacceptable behavior and disease.


Szasz, Thomas (1920-2012)

by Rod L. Evans on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Szasz was an influential writer who opposed involuntary or coercive hospitalization for those deemed “mentally ill,” a label he challenged.


Melville on Slavery

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1980

Melville reflected literary Young America’s hopes that a culture of republicanism and democracy could serve all individuals.


Levin, “This Perfect Day”

by Ralph Raico on Mar 1, 1975

“The conception of This Perfect Day is brilliant, the execution flawless, and there is a continuing intelligence presiding over the whole work.”


Foucault, Michel (1926-1984)

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 15, 2008

One of the best-known writers of the 20th cent., Michel Foucault criticized overreaching authority structures as well as state and social coercion.



by Rod L. Evans on Aug 15, 2008

Personal freedom and personal responsibility go hand-in-hand. An over-reliance on the government due to the welfare state corrodes both.


Obedience to Authority

by Gloria Sturzenacker on Feb 1, 1978

“Government tends to impose its authority by validating or invalidating an activity.”


The Revolution Comes to Italy

by Ralph Raico on May 1, 1978

“I found that the Libertarian Party is not an historically isolated phenomenon but is, on the contrary, the landing place of a great cultural tradition.”



by Roy A. Childs, Jr. on Jul 1, 1977

“In a world of cynics and pessimists, we are optimists: we believe that Liberty is a standard to which all can repair.”