Liberty Matters

The OLL brings people together to debate and discuss important texts and big ideas about liberty.

George H. Smith, “Herbert Spencer’s Sociology of the State” (November 2014)

By: George H. Smith, David M. Levy, Roderick T. Long, and Alberto Mingardi

The English sociologist and individualist political philosopher Herbert Spencer has been either completely neglected or badly misinterpreted by scholars for over one hundred years. In this discussion George Smith explores an…

Sandra Peart, “James Mill on Liberty and Governance” (September 2014)

By: Sandra J. Peart

The political thought of James Mill is not as well known as it should be. This online discussion attempts to reassess his contribution to classical liberal political theory via his dichotomy between the ruling “Few” (or what he also…

Donald J. Boudreaux, “Deirdre McCloskey and Economists’ Ideas about Ideas” (July 2014)

By: Donald J. Boudreaux

The economist and economic historian Deirdre McCloskey is the author of the acclaimed three volume work on The Bourgeois Era. The volumes include, Bourgeois Virtues (2006) and Bourgeois Dignity (2010), and Bourgeois Equality (2016).…

Aurelian Craiutu, “Tocqueville’s New Science of Politics Revisited” (May 2014)

By: Aurelian Craiutu

Aurelian Craiutu argues that Tocqueville was not just an observer of democracy in America but also a theorist of democracy who wanted to create “a new science of politics” suitable to the new world which was beginning to take shape…

Fernando R. Tesón, “Hugo Grotius on War and the State” (March 2014)

By: Fernando R. Tesón

The place that Hugo Grotius holds in the history of international law and the laws which regulate war and peace is one that has been recognized at least since the 18th century, but more especially in the treaties and international…

Lawrence White, “Ludwig von Mises’s The Theory of Money and Credit at 101” (January 2014)

By: Lawrence H. White

1912 was the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ludwig von Mises’ book Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel (The Theory of Money and Credit). In this month’s “Liberty Matters” online discussion our participants debate the…