The Libertarian Tradition

Standards and Textbooks

Textbook commissions, especially from Texas, decide what ideas will be within any book. Political pressure now makes textbooks promote special interest groups.
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Stephen Pearl Andrews (1812–1886)

Andrew's contribution to anarchist thought was fleeting. He was a zealot in perpetual search of a movement. "Andrews seems to have been one of those people whose mind is so open that all his brains fall out." However, Andrew did lucidly elaborate on the thought of Josiah Warren.
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Suzanne La Follette (1893 –1983)

As the protege of Albert Jay Nock, La Follette's thinking reflected much of his own. Her valuable book Concerning Women stressed that the interests of the state are opposed to the interests of society and that economic freedom was needed for all not just for women.
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The Ambiguous Utopias of Ursula K. Le Guin and Samuel R. Delany

LeGuin, in The Dispossessed, and Delany, in Triton, explore various social arrangements in the search for happiness through the genre of utopian science fiction novels.
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The Auctioneer

Joan Samson was a Depression baby, born in 1937. In 1975, the year before her death, she published her only novel, The Auctioneer . This seems to be just about the sum total of what is publicly known about her, and that is a damn shame.
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The Elitist Individualism of H.L. Mencken

Mencken saw the implications of where his thinking was leading him and he acknowledged those implications frankly. "I am," he wrote in The Smart Set in 1922, "a libertarian of the most extreme variety."...
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The English Civil War and the First Libertarian Movement

Whatever their motives may have been, whatever at any given moment they thought of themselves as doing, Anthony Ashley Cooper and John Locke advanced the libertarian idea, just as John Lilburne did. All three of them are part of the libertarian tradition.
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The First American Anarchist: Josiah Warren

Warren rejected Owen's communist colonies like New Harmony, Indiana, because he saw that the individual would be stifled by the common property scheme...
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The Ignorance of 'New York Magazine'

Christopher Beam did his homework in authoring The Trouble With Liberty, but he needs a firmer grasp of history. Bombs are not libertarian.
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The Ignorance of the New Yorker

It is Republicans, not libertarians, who favor handouts to and special privileges for big corporations. And Republicans are not libertarians.
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