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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.

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Taxes and the 1978 Campaign

by Roy A. Childs, Jr. on Jun 1, 1978

“With the Alaska campaigns and…Gary Greenberg for governor in New York, the Clark campaign will be one of the most important Libertarian efforts in 1978.”

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Psychiatry

by Jeffrey A. Schaler on Aug 15, 2008

Libertarians are skeptical of some approaches to psychiatry especially when it involves government or when patients are coerced into accepting treatment.

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Adolescent Dystopia

by Michael Grossberg on Mar 1, 1980

“Art is revolution, and art can best serve revolution by remaining true to itself.”

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Reason Watch

by Murray Rothbard on Aug 1, 1977

“Isolationism is not a principle for free-market defense agencies because there would be no nation-State[s or]  foreign policy for anyone to worry about.”

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Hard Core, Soft Core

by David Brudnoy on Apr 1, 1979

On any given night, Americans everywhere now watch soft-core films or scenes on the television. “That ought to set the Birchers’ teeth on edge.”

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The Psychology of Freedom: An Introduction

by Sharon Presley on Jul 7, 2015

Presley begins a series of posts describing a “psychology of freedom” and explaining its relevance to libertarianism more broadly.

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Gay Rights: A Libertarian Approach

by Ralph Raico in 1975

In this essay, Ralph Raico examines the libertarian case for gay rights and describes how that case was expressed in the Libertarian Party’s positions.

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The Literature of Liberty

by Tom G. Palmer on Feb 4, 1998

Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.