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Luigi Marco Bassani

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Marco Bassani is professor of history of political theory at the University of Milan.

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Intellectual Origins of Natural Rights

Philosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

08/26/2004Mises Media
There was a natural law tradition from antiquity and the middle ages. Natural law is the oldest and most frequently used concept of political theory. Natural law is the principles that are to be established if justice were to prevail. Or, it is the scientific laws of man and his environment.
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Natural Rights

Legal SystemWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Mises Media
Natural law does not depend directly on God’s will. Natural law goes back to at least the scholastics and perhaps Thomas Aquinas. Modern Natural Rights theory began in 1625. Modern theory recognizes the institution the state. Natural law is thought to produce inalienable natural rights. They speak...
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Anti-Federalist Traditions until the Civil War

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

03/01/2004Mises Media
Jeffersonian States Rights Doctrine until the Civil War was grounded in three freedom documents: The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and The Treaty of Paris of 1783. Those documents emphasized independent states, not a single nation or union.
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The Real Jefferson

05/23/2002Mises Daily Articles
Thomas Jefferson was a Lockean who believed in the natural right of property and in the rights of the states as independent political entities to determine their own destinies. That so many scholars are unwilling to face these truths, write Marco Bassani, reflects the bias and wishful thinking of...
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Property and Happiness in Thomas Jefferson's Political Thought

03/25/2000Articles of Interest
Presented at the 6th Austrian Scholars Conferece, Auburn, March 24–26, 2000. Abstract : A recent survey of rank and file libertarians in America shows that the top intellectual heroes of the past they venerate are Thomas Jefferson and Ayn Rand (the Mises-Rothbard dyad would be much better, but that...
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