Liberty: A Path to Its Recovery

F.A. Harper was a leader in the libertarian movement from the 1950s and onward. Here is his early manifesto (1949), in which he reveals a sophisticated understanding of free markets and freedom but had not yet, as he later did, come around completely to the Rothbardian view on the possibilities of society without the state. […]

The Writings of F. A. Harper, Volume 2: Shorter Essays

CONTENTS I. ECONOMICS The Free Market Perils of the Free Market, National and International Gaining the Free Market Fighting Fires Privately An Introduction to Value Theory Agriculture Improving the World’s Diet Is a Tremendous Problem The Food Situation The Government’s Agricultural Policy and Inflation Agriculture’s Sacred Seventh Inflation and Taxes Are Price Controls Necessary for the “Unprotected”? Stand-by Controls A […]

“The Consolidation of State Power via Reconstruction: 1865-1890”

  Journal of Libertarian Studies Volume 16, no. 2 (Spring 2002), pp. 139–161 2002 Ludwig von Mises Institute http://www.mises.org THE CONSOLIDATION OF STATE POWER VIA RECONSTRUCTION, 1865–1890 by: Thomas J. DiLorenzo All radical schemes to reconstruct the South entailed some more or less permanent expansion of central state activity and expenditures. – Richard Bensel, Yankee Leviathan […]

The Production of Security

by Gustave de Molinari The introduction to this stunning work is by Murray Rothbard, who calls French radical Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912) the great innovator in the market provision of security. Indeed, he might be regarded as the first proponent of what is called anarcho-capitalism. Molinari was steeped in the old liberal worldview of Bastiat and […]

Out Of Step

Frank Chodorov was a journalist of the Old Right with an extraordinary writing ability. He was also a top-notch intellectual figure who has been tragically neglected. This collection might be his best. Among the smashing essays here are: “Isolationism,” which is his defense of the great American tradition (if you have hesitated to call yourself […]

Income Tax: Root of All Evil

Frank Chodorov was an extraordinary thinker and writer, and hugely influential in the 1950s. He wrote what became an American classic arguing that the income tax, more than any other legislative change in American history, made it possible to violate individual rights, one of the founding principles. He argues that income taxes are different from other […]