Political Theory

Gustave de Molinari: The Economics, Ethics, and Evolution of a Free Society


This conference reviewed the main works of Gustave de Molinari. The centenary year of his death provided a compelling occasion to investigate his ideas, sometimes characterized as "free market anarchism," and to assess their influence today.


Conference Readings

Coquelin, Charles. “Review of Molinari's Soirées.” Journal des Economistes 24, no. 104 (November 15, 1849): 364-372.

Emery, Henry Crosby. “Review of Molinari's Labour-Exchanges (1893).” Political Science Quarterly 9, no. 2 (June 1894): 306-308.

Gide, Ch. “Outline of the Political and Economic Society of the Future.” Revue d’Economie Politique (December 1899): 1041-1042.

Guyot, Yves. “Obituary for Gustave de Molinari.” Journal des Economistes 33 (February 1912): 177-192.

James, Henry. “Review of Molinari's Letters on the United States and Canada.” Nation (February 22, 1877): 1-3.

Kinley, David. “Review of Molinari's Labour-Exchanges.” Journal of Political Economy 1, no. 4 (September 1893): 610-612.

Molinari, Gustave de. Religion. Translated by Walter K. Firminger. New York: Macmillan & Co., 1894.

Molinari, Gustave de. Soirees on the Rue Saint-Lazare [Conversations on the Rue Saint-Lazare]. Edited by David Hart. Translated by Dennis O'Keeffe. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2015.

Molinari, Gustave de. The Society of Tomorrow: A Forecast of its Political and Economic Organization. Edited by Frederic Passy and Hodgson Pratt. Translated by P. H. Lee Warner. London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904.

Molinari, Gustave de. “Utopia of Liberty.” Journal des Economistes 20, no. 82 (June 15, 1848): 328-332.

Molinari, Gustave de. “The Production of Security.” Journal des Economistes (February 1849): 277-290.

Molinari, Gustave de. Political Evolution and the Revolution. Paris: C. Reinwald, 1888.

Molinari, Gustave de. Labour-Exchanges. Paris: Unknown, 1893.

Randall, S. H. “An Economist on the Future Society.” Liberty 14, no. 23 (September 1904): 2.

Unknown. “The New Labour Exchange: A Letter from Paris.” Freedom: A Journal of Anarchist Socialism 1, no. 12 (September 1887): 3.

Unknown. “Question of the Limits of State Action and Individual Action Discussed at the Society of Political Economy .” Journal des Economistes 24, no. 103 (October 15, 1849): 314-316.