Anything That’s Peaceful: The Case for the Free Market

Review provided by The Mises Institute Leonard Read was a great spokesman for liberty, and an excellent teacher in the second half of the 20th century. Everyone agrees that this is his most inspired collection. It includes the essay later called “I, Pencil,” which is a masterful description of the workings of the division of […]

The Rise, Fall, and Renaissance of Classical Liberalism

by Ralph Raico Freedom Daily, August 1992 Classical liberalism — or simply liberalism, as it was called until around the turn of the century — is the signature political philosophy of Western civilization. Hints and suggestions of the liberal idea can be found in other great cultures. But it was the distinctive society produced in Europe — […]

Disestablish Public Education

by Leonard P. Liggio [Libertarian Forum, 1971] One had to be struck by the vehemence with which Ivan Illich‘s Deschooling Society has been attacked. The review in the New York Times Book Review (July 11, 1971) by one of the educational establishment is an example.[1] Why this violent reaction, one wondered, reading through the review? And then, the answer came. Illich’s advocacy of […]

The Anti-Imperialism of Mises

This originally appeared as “Mises and History,” in the January 1974 edition of The Libertarian Forum. by Leonard P. Liggio The death of Ludwig von Mises has brought forth numerous essays on his contribution to economics. It is equally in order to discuss his work in the historical sciences, as he called them. Having had the honor […]