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Modern Libertarianism: A Brief History of Classical Liberalism in the United States

Brian Doherty

From the author of Radicals for Capitalism comes this concise and well-rounded account of the intellectual roots of the American libertarian movement. In Modern Libertarianism, Brian Doherty effortlessly combines autobiographical insights and intellectual summaries with short histories of key influences, economists, writers, philosophers, activists, politicians, philanthropists, and institution builders. Readers will learn of Bastiat's satirical treatment of controls on trade, of Mises' early contributions to Austrian economics, and Hayek's success in bringing these ideas to large audiences. Chapters include figures and institutions such as Murray Rothbard, Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Volker Fund, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Mont Pelerin Society. The chapter on the "Women of Libertarianism" features Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane and Ayn Rand. A superb introduction for the newcomer, yet rich and varied enough for others deeply read in the tradition.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publish Date: Feb 1st, 2025
  • Pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781964524429
  • Categories: United States - 20th CenturyPolitical Ideologies - Libertarianism

About the Author

Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason and author of five books including This is Burning Man, Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, and Gun Control on Trial. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered libertarian and conservative movement history, gun policy and legal history, tech innovation, environmental and trade policy, and cutting-edge American art movements.

Praise for this book

"Bourne has crafted an exceptional collection of accessible but substantive arguments that are more than the sum of their parts. Together, they form a sober, articulate, and--unfortunately--much-needed defense of market prices for a society that has forgotten that the suppression of information to avoid unwanted facts or advance a political agenda seldom works out well."--Daniel M. Rothschild "Discourse Magazine"
"Bourne has assembled a cast of economists and policy experts who extend their reasoning beyond economic analysis to the lessons of history and what these things teach us about the folly of denying the truth about prices. The power of their arguments is complemented by these essays' accessibility and judicious use of empirical information. This makes them as useful to the everyman as they are to policymakers."--Samuel Gregg "Law & Liberty"