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Culture of Individualist Anarchism in Late 19th Century America

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07/30/2014Wendy McElroy

Individualist anarchism in America of the late nineteenth century revolved around and was expressed through Liberty, a periodical published and edited by Benjamin R. Tucker from 1881 to 1908. It served as a conduit for foreign thought, particularly that of Proudhon and Spencer; it introduced Max Stirner and egoism to America;' it was the forum for lengthy, high-caliber debate on issues such as children's rights, intellectual property, natural rights and economics.

Because Liberty mirrored the controversies and the personalities of its time, and because its editor- Benjamin R. Tucker- was the most influential of the individualist anarchists, it is natural to use Liberty as a textbook of libertarian culture of the late nineteenth century.

Volume 5, Number 3 (1981)

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Wendy McElroy is a Canadian individualist anarchist and individualist feminist. She was a cofounder along with Carl Watner and George H. Smith of The Voluntaryist magazine in 1982.

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McElroy, Wendy. "Culture of Individualist Anarchism in Late 19th Century America." Journal of Libertarian Studies 5, No. 3 (1981): 291–304.

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