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Libertarian doctrine states that all people have an inalienable set of rights that cannot be annulled, given up or taken away in the interests of a larger group. Government intervention is seen as interfering with personal autonomy and ingenuity, which are the keys to maximizing human prosperity and achievement. Taken to its extreme, libertarian views can move from a mildly laissez-faire approach to virtual anarchism. See also Conservative.

Web Sites

  • Cascade Policy Institute
    A nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, Cascade Policy Institute examines public policy issues in Oregon from a "limited government, free-market perspective."


  • The Libertarian Party
    The official Libertarian Party page, for the "Party of Principle."


  • Reason Foundation
    The Reason Foundation describes itself as "a national public-policy research organization with a practical, market-based approach and an outside-Washington perspective." It was founded in 1978.

Materials in the UW Libraries

  • The Freeman; Ideas on Liberty
    Suzzallo/Allen Stacks
    AP2 F9155

    Also Available Online

    Published by the Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., this monthly promotes private property rights, a free market economy and limited government.


  • Reason
    Suzzallo/Allen Stacks
    JC571 R42

    Also Available Online

    While not officially affiliated with the Libertarian Party, Reason provides a lively forum for articles favoring privatization of government functions, free markets and individual rights.