The Debates of "Liberty"

The Debates of "Liberty" : An Overview of Individualist Anarchism, 1881-1908

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In her pioneering work, The Debates of Liberty, Wendy McElroy provides a comprehensive examination of one of the most remarkable and influential political phenomena in America: the anarchist periodical Liberty and the circle of radicals who surrounded it. Liberty, which is widely considered to be the premier individualist-anarchist periodical ever issued in the English language, published such items as George Bernard Shaw's first original article to appear in the United States and the first American translated excerpts of Friedrich Nietzsche. Arguably the world's foremost expert on Liberty, Dr. McElroy exposes the reader to the controversy etched in each debate, ranging from radical civil liberties to economic theory, and from children's rights to the basis of rent and interest. While addressing the facts, Dr. McElroy also conveys and captures the individualistic personalities that emerged: Lysander Spooner, Auberon Herbert, Joshua K. Ingalls, John Henry Mackay, Victor Yarros, and Wordsworth Donisthorpe are only a partial listing.

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 154.9 x 223.5 x 20.3mm | 158.76g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MDUnited States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 073910473X
  • 9780739104736

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It is a fine addition to the study of an overlooked aspect of American anarchism. -- Lawrence Jarach Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed

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About Wendy McElroy

Wendy McElroy is a Research Fellow at The Independent Institute. She is an author or editor of a number of works including Liberty for Women (Ivan R. Dee, publisher 2002) and Liberty 1881-1908: A Comprehensive Index, (1982).

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