Tracy's deductive methodology, his liberal approach to governmental affairs, and his subjectivism qualify him as a proto-Austrian economist who enjoyed considerable influence not only in France but also around the world.
Sumner is wrongly accused of being a "social Darwinist." Indeed, there is considerable evidence that the entire concept of "social Darwinism" as we know it today was virtually invented decades after Sumner's death.
The Left has an enormous desire to "do good to" the mass of other people. But since many people often resist, the leftist inevitably ends by reaching for the big stick with which to push the ungrateful masses around.
In this sweeping but brief history of classical liberalism, historian Ralph Raico recounts how this ideology has for centuries formed the only true intellectual opposition to despots and socialists over the past five hundred years.