Political Theory

Liberty, Charity, and the Welfare State


With philanthropists as the targeted group of conferees, this colloquium explored the human motivations for charity, the history of charities in the United States, and the impact of the rise of the welfare state on charitable and philanthropic enterprises.


From Liberty Fund

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

by By Adam Smith
Edited by D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie

The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Smith’s first and in his own mind most important work, outlines his view of proper conduct and the institutions and sentiments that make men virtuous. Here he develops his doctrine of the impartial spectator, whose hypothetical disinterested judgment we must use to distinguish right from…

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Additional Readings

Beito, David T., Peter Gordon, and Alexander Tabarrok, eds. The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.

Beito, David T. From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890-1967. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Hayek, Friedrich A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume I: The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism. Edited by W. W. Bartley III. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988, 1989, 1991.

Mandeville, Bernard. The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, Volume I. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1988.

Murray, Charles. In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government. San Francisco: ICS Press, 1994.

Olasky, Marvin. The Tragedy of American Compassion. Lanham: Regnery Publishing, 1992.

Olasky, Marvin. Renewing American Compassion. Washington: Regnery Publishing, 1997.

Swift, Jonathan. “A Modest Proposal.” The Gutenberg Project. http://www.gutenberg.org (September 27, 2012).

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America, Volume 1 [English Edition]. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2012.

Tooley, James. Can The Markets Save Our Schools?. Edited by Claudia R. Hepburn. Montreal: The Fraser Institute, 2001.