A Biography of Ludwig von Mises

A leading free-market Austrian economist, Ludwig von Mises was a pre-eminent developer of free-market analysis. In his most influential work, Human Action, Ludwig von Mises explored the meaning and workings of freedom. From his pondering on business cycles,marginal utility, free-market competition and enlightened self-interest, Mises concluded that a society functions best when government does little. Ludwig von Mises […]

A Biography of Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

Llewellyn (Lew) H. Rockwell, Jr. is one of America’s leading libertarian political commentators, writers, activists and proponents of the Austrian School of Economics, which is today the major opponent to the failing Keynesian big government policies followed by the US government today. In December 1981, Ludwig von Mises’s widow, Margit, gave her approval to Lew Rockwell to found […]

A Biography of Leonard P. Liggio

Born on July 5, 1933, Leonard P. Liggio became active in the freedom movement as a member of Students for Taft upon arriving at Georgetown University. In the decade that followed, he encountered many of our cause’s great heroes of the 20th century. He sat in on Ludwig von Mises’ gradate seminar, attended the meetings of Ayn […]

A Biography of Bruno Leoni

Among the philosopers of law in the 20th century, Bruno Leoni is the one that most rigorously and consistently held fast to the beliefs of classical liberalism. For this reason, his insights have been uncommonly original and stimulating, challenging the academic conventional wisdom and the most consolidated tenets. Born in Ancona on April 26th 1913, […]

Fugitive Essays

Selected Writings of Frank Chodorov Compiled, Edited, and with an Introduction by Charles H. Hamilton INTRODUCTION Frank Chodorov was by temperament and experience skeptical of the intentions of politicians and intillectuals. They wanted to change the world.  And Chodorov never fired of pointing out the dangers of such obsessions: “When proponents say ‘let’s do something about it,’ they mean ‘let’s […]

A Biography of A.R.J. Turgot (1727-1781)

Brief, Lucid, and Brilliant MURRAY N. ROTHBARD “To suppose all consumers to be dupes, and all merchants and manufacturers to be cheats, has the effect of authorizing them to be so, and of degrading all the working members of the community.” ANNE ROBERT JACQUES TURGOT’S career in economics was brief but brilliant, and in every […]

A Biography of Adam Smith

  The Celebrated Adam Smith By Murray N. Rothbard (Originally published as chapter 16 in An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Vol. I, Edward Elgar Press, 1995; Mises Institute, 2006. Sources on this chapter.) Part 1 – The mystery of Adam Smith Part 2 – The life of Smith Part 3 – The division […]

A History of the Libertarian Movement

In this lecture from a 1983 Cato Summer Seminar at Dartmouth College, Childs gives the history of the modern American libertarian movement from the 1920s to the establishment of the Libertarian Party in 1971 and the publication of Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick and the establishment of the Cato Institute in 1974. Other […]

A Biography of Albert Jay Nock

Reprinted from The Triumph of Liberty by Jim Powell American individualism had virtually died out by the time Mark Twain was buried in 1910. “Progressive” intellectuals promoted collectivism. “Progressive” jurists hammered constitutional restraints as an inconvenient obstacle to expanding government power, supposedly the cure for every social problem. “Progressive” Theodore Roosevelt glorified imperial conquest. “Progressive” President Woodrow […]

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 […]