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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 New Tories

Free MarketsWorld HistoryInterventionismPolitical Theory

10/15/2010Mises Daily Articles
It seems needful to remind everybody what liberalism was in the past, that they may perceive its unlikeness to the so-called liberalism of the present. Most people have lost sight of the truth that in past times liberalism habitually stood for individual freedom versus state coercion.
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Political Theory

01/26/2010Audio/Video
From The Man versus The State . Narrated by Jock Coats.
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Preface to The Man versus The State

Political Theory

01/26/2010Audio/Video
From The Man versus The State . Narrated by Jock Coats.
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The New Toryism

Political Theory

01/26/2010Audio/Video
From The Man versus The State . Narrated by Jock Coats.
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The Coming Slavery

Political Theory

01/26/2010Audio/Video
From The Man versus The State . Narrated by Jock Coats.
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