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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Responsibility

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”