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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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The Coming Aristocracy

Booms and BustsPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

The motivation that drives man toward excellence comes from within.
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Accent On The Right

BiographiesPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Read explores an array of themes such as the sources of human progress, the political consequences of not thinking for one’s self, and finding what is right and wrong.
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Where Lies This Fault?

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

In this 1967 essay, Leonard Read lays out what might best be termed a sociological study of libertarian activism. Read attempts to identify different types of personalities and individuals who are likely to be amenable or resistant to the message of free markets and liberty. Read then goes on to...
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Deeper Than You Think

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Leonard Read implores that “Truth is not to be found in coercive arrangements.”
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The Free Market and Its Enemy

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Read explores "the miraculous workings of tiny creativities , the ultimate constituents of the free market..."
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