Liberty and the Great Libertarians: An Anthology of Liberty, a Handbook of Freedom By Charles T. Sprading


What a pleasure! This collection, originally gathered together in 1913, offers choice selections from many of the greatest authors on liberty. They cover a wide range of issues from art, education and marriage to money, slavery, taxes, war and equal rights for women. The new edition features Karl Watner’s foreword which provides valuable historical perspective.

The selections are a roll call of 43 important libertarians from the past two centuries, mostly English and American, including Edmund Burke (before the French Revolution), Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Lloyd Garrison, William Godwin, Emma Goldman, Auberon Herbert, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Henrik Ibsen, Thomas Jefferson, Pierre A. Kropotkin, John Stuart Mill, Maria Montessori, Thomas Paine, Wendell Phillips, Herbert Spencer, Lysander Spooner, Max Stirner, Henry D. Thoreau, Leo N. Tolstoy, Benjamin R. Tucker and Josiah Warren. There are also worthwhile selections from authors like Abraham Lincoln and George Bernard Shaw who turned against liberty generally. Each selection is accompanied by a fine summary of the author’s life and achievements. In addition, the book offers inspiring poems as well as quotations on liberty by many more authors. Gems aplenty.

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