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Ralph Raico

Ralph Raico is a specialist in European classical liberalism and Austrian Economics. He learned economics under Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and Friedrich Hayek, and is professor emeritus of history at Buffalo State College. Raico was also the founder of the New Individualist Review.

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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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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.”

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Our Greatest Presidents?

by Ralph Raico on Aug 1, 1977

“Commager’s out-of-date nonsense, masquerading as historical wisdom, is what they are going to teach little children in the government’s schools.”

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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.”

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Wilhelm von Humboldt

by Ralph Raico on May 1, 1978

“He was hated and intrigued against by the reactionaries at court; they went so far as to open his mail, as if he had in actuality been a Jacobin.”

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Richard Cobden

by Ralph Raico on Jun 1, 1978

Historian Ralph Raico shares selections from the writings of Richard Cobden.

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Trotsky: the Ignorance and the Evil

by Ralph Raico on Mar 1, 1979

Was Trotsky “a hero? Well, no thank you—I’ll find my own heroes somewhere else…It would have been better if he had never been born.”

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The World at War

featuring Ralph Raico on Jun 1, 1983

Ralph Raico lectures at a Cato Summer Seminar on the history of World War I, World War II, and the Great Depression.

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A History of Libertarianism

by David Boaz on Jan 15, 1997

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.

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Freedom From Plunder: Frédéric Bastiat

by Jim Powell on Jul 4, 2000

The French satirist, agitator, writer, and politician Frédéric Bastiat was France’s foremost champion of liberty in the 19th century.