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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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Anything That's Peaceful: The Case for the Free Market

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Leonard Read was a great spokesman for liberty, and an excellent teacher. It includes the essay later called "I, Pencil," which is a masterful description of the workings of the division of labor.
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Elements of Libertarian Leadership

EducationPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Life lived according to right principles can never be more than sporadic except as the ideal is sought for, held up, and used as a guide.
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Why Not Try Freedom

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and Methodology

Liberty is an outward creation of man which he has adopted for himself and whose use and enjoyment he reserves for mankind as a whole, for which he struggles and to which he dedicates consciously or unconsciously his highest efforts.
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Instead of Violence

Free MarketsPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

This essay is an antidote to the faulty ideas that inflect many freedom activists who believe that if only the next election can go the “right” way or if people just do what we say, then all will be set right.
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Outlook for Freedom

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

​Written in 1951, this is one of Leonard Read’s earliest pamphlets on what he called “the philosophy of freedom.”
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