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Liberty and Virtue: Frank Meyer's Fusionism (June 2021)
Welcome to our June 2021 edition of Liberty Matters.  This month Stephanie Slade, managing editor at Reason magazine, has written our lead essay on Frank Meyer. Liberty Fund publishes Meyer’s most widely cited book In Defense of Freedom and related essays which also includes a number of Meyer’s more well known essays.  Meyer was one of the founders, along with William F. Buckley, of National Re...
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EXPLORE THE OLL COLLECTION: QUOTATIONS ABOUT LIBERTY AND POWER
Lord Kames argued that neither the King nor Parliament had the right to grant monopolies because they harmed the interests of the people (1778)
The Scottish judge Lord Kames (1696-1782) thought that the Courts should step in to ban grants of monopoly issued by the King as well as by Parliament because they benefited a few and caused harm to the people:
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Encyclopedic Liberty and Industry
  This illustrated essay explores some images of "liberty" and "industry" from Diderot’s Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (Encyclopaedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts) (1751-1772). They have been taken from Liberty Fund’s anthology of articles, Encyclopedic Liberty: Political Articles in the Dictionary of Diderot an...
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BOLL 26: Lao Tzu, “The Tao of Governing” (6thC BC)
This is part of “The Best of the Online Library of Liberty” which is a collection of some of the most important material in the OLL. A thematic list with links to HTML versions of the texts is available here. This is a collection of 16 passages from Lao Tzu’s Tao-te Ching which is a collection of maxims designed to guide the actions of “the wise ruler.” He recommends that rulers not use violenc...
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