Exploring Ideas

The purpose of the OLL is to promote interest in and understanding of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. In particular, we are concerned with ideas about individual liberty, limited constitutional government, free markets, and peace.

52 Quotations about War and Peace

From Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty

In 1808 when the war against Napoleon was in full swing the Scottish economist James Mill (1773-1836) denounced the economic impact that higher…

Forgotten Gems

Over the course of time some particularly noteworthy essays, chapters or sections of books are forgotten. This section is an attempt to revive these “forgotten gems”.

Quotations for Presidents Day

Thomas Jefferson feared that it would only be a matter of time before the American system of government degenerated into a form of “elective despotism” (1785)

Ruling Class Reader

This is a list of the extracts which make up The Ruling Class and the State Anthology of readings.

Selected Readings

This is a collection of selected chapters and extracts from books in the OLL on various key topics. It is designed to show the variety and originality of thinking by some of the authors in the classical liberal and free market…

Socialism: A Study Guide and Reader


This Study Guide examines the long-standing clash between Socialism and Marxism, and Classical Liberalism over the past 200 years or so. It provides a brief history of the tradition, some of its main criticisms of the…

The Twelve Days of Christmas

A Collection of Quotations on the Theme of "on earth peace, good will towards men." [Luke 2:14]

[Pieter Brueghel the Elder, "The Numeration (Census) of the People of Bethlehem" (1566)
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