Political Theory

Leonard Liggio on the Theory and Evolution of Free Institutions


This colloquium examined the contributions of Leonard P. Liggio to the emergence of the modern classical liberal/libertarian movement in his role as historian, activist, and head of a number of key institutions, and his analysis of the future prospects for liberty.


Conference Readings

Liggio, Leonard P., “The Medieval Law Merchant, Economic Growth and the Challenge of The Public Choice State” (unpublished draft). This work was later published in a revised form in the Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, 1998.

Liggio, Leonard P., “Religious Culture and Customary Legal Tradition: Historical Foundations of European Market Development”,” George Mason University School of Law, pages 1-28 (unpublished draft paper).

Capaldi, Nicolas, eds. Business and Religion: A Clash of Civilizations? Salem: M&M Scrivener Press, 2005.

Liggio, Leonard P. “The Importance of Political Traditions.” Johannesburg: Free Market Foundation, 1992, pages 12-32.

“Leonard P. Liggio: An Intellectual Autobiography,” edited by David M. Hart. (This oral history of the life of Leonard P. Liggio first appeared in three parts at the Liggio Legacy Project website. It is reproduced here in one piece.)

The Intellectual Portrait Series: A Conversation with Leonard Liggio. Directed by Liberty Fund, Inc. Interviewers: Ed Feulner and John Blundell: Indianapolis, 2006. DVD.

Berman, Harold J. Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Constant, Benjamin. Political Writings. Edited by and translated by Biancamaria Fontana. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Dalberg, John Emerich Edward, Lord Acton. The History of Freedom and Other Essays. Edited by John Neville Figgis and Reginald Vere Laurence. London: Macmillan, 1907. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/75/42896 (accessed December 2, 2008).

Hülsmann, Jörg Guido. Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism. Auburn, Alabama: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2007.

Kaufman, Felix. Songs of the Mises-Kreis. Translated by Arlene Oost-Zinner. Auburn, Alabama: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2010.

Liggio, Leonard P. “Christianity, Classical Liberalism are Liberty’s Foundations.” Religion & Liberty 6, no. 5 (1996): 1-5.

Liggio, Leonard P. “Presidential Address.” General Meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 15, 2004.

Liggio, Leonard P. “Why the Futile Crusade.” Left and Right (Spring 1965): 23-63.

Liggio, Leonard P. “The State of the Movement.” The Libertarian Forum 2, no. 10 (May 15 1970): 1-4.

Liggio, Leonard P. “Charles Dunoyer and French Classical Liberalism.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 1, no. 3 (1977): 153-78.

Liggio, Leonard P. “The Development of the Judicial System at the Great Fairs.” Graduate School, History Course 232, Fordham University, May 1959.

Liggio, Leonard P. “Legal History Seminar reading list.” School of Law, George Mason University, Fall 2001.

Liggio, Leonard P. “The Market for Rules, Privatization, and the Crisis of the Theory of Public Goods.” George Mason University Law Review 2, no. 2 (1988/1989): 139-150.

Raico, Ralph. Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School. Auburn, Alabama: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2012.

Raimondo, Justin. An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard. Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2000.

Rothbard, Murray N. “Left and Right: The Prospects for Liberty.” Left and Right (Spring 1965): 4-22.

Rothbard, Murray N., ed. “Circle Bastiat songs: Libertarian Songs I and II.” The Libertarian Forum (March 1974): 7.