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Leonard E. Read

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Liberty does not and cannot include any action, regardless of sponsorship, which lessens the liberty of a single human being.

Leonard E. Read was the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education — the first modern libertarian think tank in the United States — and was largely responsible for the revival of the liberal tradition in post–World War II America.

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How to Advance Liberty

Free MarketsPhilosophy and Methodology

08/03/2011Mises Daily Articles
Ideas, be they right or wrong, are indestructible. The only possible change is people's attitude toward them.
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Appoint a Committee!

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

06/17/2011Mises Daily Articles
Human life is dependent not only on the knowledge of right principles; it relies, also, on actions in accord with right principles.
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I, Pencil

Free MarketsProduction Theory

08/31/2010Articles of Interest
First published in the December 1958 issue of The Freeman , "I, Pencil: My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read" is written from the point of view of an Eberhard Faber pencil.

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Find the Wrong, and There's the Right

Big GovernmentFree MarketsWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

03/23/2010Mises Daily Articles
"While there are many who will agree that they, personally, should not kill, steal, enslave, it is only the individual with a first-rate moral nature who will have no hand in encouraging any agency — even government — in doing these things for him or others."
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Thinking for Oneself

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical TheoryPrivate Property

03/11/2010Mises Daily Articles
The essential critical faculty cannot be developed when we copycat the questions and conclusions of others.
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