BEGINNER

Classical Liberalism

Classical liberalism is the philosophy that stresses the importance of the individual liberty and limited government. To that end, the classical liberal believes that government ought to be limited to the extent that its role is only to ensure individual liberty, private property and peaceful exchange in free markets through the rule of law.  The classical liberal tradition also tends to be tolerant of others who do not share the same values.

Nigel Ashford - What is Classical Liberalism? - LearnLiberty.org

 

Related Freeman Articles

THE CALLING

The Other Principle of Classical Liberalism

Regarding same-sex marriage.

JUNE 30, 2011 by STEVEN HORWITZ

If government grants certain privileges to those who are married, it must grant them equally to all its citizens who wish to marry.

WABI-SABI

Classical Liberalism, Individualism, and Park51

To build or not to build?

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 by SANDY IKEDA

Painting all Muslims or Islamic organizations with collective guilt goes against the essence of the individualist principles of classical liberalism.

ARTICLE

Free Markets, the Rule of Law, and Classical Liberalism

The History of Liberty and Prosperity Is Inseparable from These Concepts

MAY 01, 2004 by RICHARD EBELING

Related Multimedia

MULTIMEDIA - AUDIO

That "Other" Book by Adam Smith

JULY 15, 2009

ONLINE EVENTS

FEE offers live online events for people new to the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society.

CURRENT ISSUE

April 2014

Around the world, people are struggling to throw off authoritarianism, with deeply mixed results. From Egypt to Venezuela, determined people build networks to overthrow their regimes, but as yet we have not learned to live without Leviathan. In this issue, Michael Malice and Gary Dudney discuss their glimpses inside totalitarian regimes, while Sarah Skwire and Michael Nolan look at how totalitarian regimes grind down the individual--and how individuals fight back. Plus, Jeffrey Tucker identifies a strain in libertarianism that, left unchecked, could reduce even our vibrant movement to something that is analogous to the grim aesthetic of architectural brutalism. The struggle for our lives and freedom is a struggle for beauty; it begins inside each of us.
Download Free PDF

PAST ISSUES

SUBSCRIBE

RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

img E-mail Subscription

VIEW PRIVACY POLICY