Libertarianism in History
TR 10-11:30, E51-385
Explores the history of the ideal of individual liberty in light of contemporary arguments over the proper scope of the regulatory state. Surveys the political theory of freedom and its relationship to competing norms (property, equality, community, republicanism, and innovation). Considers examples of modern liberation movements, including abolitionism and the Civil Rights revolution, religious liberty, and LGBT rights. Concludes with a set of policy debates about the role of government in regulating the financial markets, artificial intelligence, and the internet.