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Herbert Spencer

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Herbert Spencer was one of the leading 19th-century English radical individualists. He began working as a journalist for the laissez-faire magazine The Economist in the 1850s. Much of the rest of his life was spent working on an all-encompassing theory of human development based upon the ideas of individualism, utilitarian moral theory, social and biological evolution, limited government, and laissez-faire economics.

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The Man versus The State

Political Theory

Freedom must also mean freedom from the state . Download the complete audio book.
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On Moral Education

EducationPhilosophy and Methodology

Education is a perennially important and controversial subject, especially in a country as child-centered as the United States. Within libertarian ranks, an unlimited diversity of viewpoint prevails, ranging from rigorous traditionalists to ultra-progressives. Among the numerous Libertarians in the...
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On Moral Education

EducationPhilosophy and Methodology

08/06/2013Mises Daily Articles
Bear constantly in mind the truth that the aim of your discipline should be to produce a self-governing being; not to produce a being to be governed by others.
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Free MarketsInterventionism

03/14/2012Mises Daily Articles
When nongovernmental agencies are dilatory, the public ceases to employ them. But for delays in state departments there is no such easy cure.
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The Reality of Political Momentum

BiographiesFree MarketsWorld HistoryEntrepreneurship

10/28/2010Mises Daily Articles
The question of questions for the politician should ever be "What type of social structure am I tending to produce?" But this is a question he never entertains, even though vast evidence exists that all legislation expands beyond its original intent.
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