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 — […]

What Is Classical Liberalism?

by Ralph Raico August 19, 2010 This article originally appeared in American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, edited by Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer, and Jeffrey O. Nelson (Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books, 2006), pp. 498—502. “Classical liberalism” is the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of […]

Our Enemy, The State

Introduction Half a century ago, as I was struggling to articulate a social and political philosophy with which my inner voices could find approval, I discovered one of my earliest introductions to what has since come to be known as libertarian thought. I had read—and enjoyed—classical philosophers John Locke,  John Stuart Mill, the Stoics, and […]

Natural Rights and the Moral Foundations of Libertarianism

by  GEORGE H. SMITH Part One: MAY 28, 2013 Libertarianism does not say how we should live our personal lives; it merely says that if we choose to interact with others, we should do so by voluntary means. And it goes on to apply this basic social imperative to the political sphere by following a procedure that […]

Top 10 Ways to Talk about Libertarianism

By David Boaz I give a lot of speeches and interviews about libertarianism. Often I have to begin simply by explaining what libertarianism is. Always I’m looking for effective ways to convey the essential libertarian ideas. So today I’m just setting out very briefly my Top 10 Ways to Talk about Libertarianism. 10. When I talk in […]