The Libertarian Tradition

Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'

Fahrenheit 451 acknowledges that powerful impulses toward mindless conformity and suppression of deviation exist in the population itself — that, on a deep level, many, many people want to be "protected" by the state from the risk of being offended and from the necessity of thinking...
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Robert Anson Heinlein (1907–1988)

But because of his interaction with Robert LeFevre in Colorado in the '50s and '60s, libertarian ideas were among those he toyed with and dramatized in certain of his stories...
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Robert Anton Wilson (1932–2007)

Wilson's best known work was Illuminatus - an arcane conspiracy-based cult classic that won libertarian futurist awards. Wilson referred to his own beliefs as generalized agnosticism about everything.
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Robert Bidinotto's Hunter

Ayn Rand objectivists are more neocon than libertarian.
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Robert Nozick (1938–2002)

When he was in his 20s, having newly discovered libertarian ideas, having read Rand, Rothbard, Mises, Hayek, and others, having met Rothbard and conversed with him at length, Nozick was fired up with excitement.
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Roger J. Williams and the Science of Individuality

But the most effective mechanism ever devised for making effective pooling of our faculties as easy as it can be — the free market — is also the natural result of reducing general laws to a bare minimum and leaving people free to make their own choices about their own values...
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Roger MacBride and Rose Wilder Lane: A Libertarian Legacy


Ultimately, when Rose died — it was in 1968, she was 81 — Roger MacBride inherited everything she owned, including the fabulously valuable rights to the Little House books ostensibly written by her mother...
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Roy A. Childs, Jr. (1949–1992)

Childs was mightily impressed by what he read inside the covers of Rothbard's books and by what he heard from Rothbard himself in that famous living room. And he was determined to pass his enlightenment along to the students of Objectivism.
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Rudolf Rocker (1873–1958)

Rocker was awful on economics, but his focus was not on that. He wrote about nationalism and culture, and here Rocker is fantastic. "States create no culture; indeed, they are often destroyed by higher forms of culture."
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Samuel Edward Konkin, III: The New Libertarian

"The more controls and taxation a State imposes on its people," Sam wrote, "the more they will evade and defy them...
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