The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America

Session 6: The Emergence of Libertarianism

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Guest Lecturer: Dr. Yaron BrookView a short interview regarding this theme

Themes: Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism, comparison and contrast with conservative thought; the limits of tradition; the centrality of individualism; Ayn Rand’s Objectivism; the relationship of economic liberty to political freedom.


Recorded: 2/22/2012

Required Reading:

Freedman, Milton. “The Relation between Economic Freedom and Political Freedom,” Capitalism and Freedom  (p. 7-21)

Hayek, F.A. “Individualism and Collectivism,” The Road to Serfdom (p. 33-44)

Hayek, F. A.  “Principles or Expediency?” Toward Liberty: Essays in Honor of Ludwig von Mises, vol. 1

Meyer, Frank S. “In Defense of John Stuart Mill,” “Conservatives in Pursuit of Truth,” In Defense of Freedom and Related Essays (p. 164-173)

Nock, Albert Jay. “Life, Liberty, and...”

Rand, Ayn. “What is Capitalism?,” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal  (P. 11-35)

Rand, Ayn. “Conservatism: An Obituary,” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal  (P. 192-202)

Recommended Reading:

Bastiat, Frederic.“Capital and Interest,” Essays on Political Economy

Brook, Yaron and Alex Epstein “Why Conservatives Can’t Stop the Growth of the State,” Why Businessmen Need Philosophy

Friedman, Milton. “The Role of Government in a Free Society” and “The Control of Money,” Capitalism and Freedom

Meyer, Frank S. “Freedom, Tradition, Conservatism,” “Conservatism,” In Defense of Freedom and Related Essays

Mises, Ludwig von. “Capitalism vs. Socialism” in Money, Method, and the Market Process

Nash, George. “The Revolt of the Libertarians,” The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America

Rand, Ayn. AYN RAND's message to Conservatives, video on YouTube

Rand, Ayn. The Virtue of Selfishness.

Rothbard, Murray. “Myth and Truth About Libertarianism” (p. 9-15)

Course Overview

Section One: Introduction
Section Two: The Foundations of American Conservatism
Section Three: The 20th Century and the Recovery of a Conservative Tradition
Section Four: Conservative Triumph, Consensus, and Crisis