Executive Vice President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Leonard P. Liggio (5 July 1933 – 14 October 2014) was a classical liberal author, research professor of law at George Mason University and executive vice president of the Atlas Network in Fairfax, Virginia.


5 Jul 1933, in The Bronx, New York City


14 Oct 2014, in Washington, D.C.


Atlas Network, Vice President of Academics, 1994-2014
Competitive Enterprise Institute, Board of Directors
Institute for Humane Studies, Distinguished Senior Scholar
Circle Bastiat
Mont Pelerin Society, President, 2002-2004

Web Sites

Liggio Legacy Project
Includes biography, bibliography, many videos, tributes and more

Web Pages

Leonard P. Liggio - Online Library of Liberty
Includes short profile and links to an interview and to issues of Literature of Liberty which Liggio edited from 1978 to 1982
"Leonard Liggio is a professor of history and law at George Mason Uiversity, Fairfax, Virginia. The journal Literature of Liberty was edited by Leonard P. Liggio and John V. Cody between 1978 and 1982."


Farewell to Our Friend, Leonard Liggio, by Lawson Bader, 14 Oct 2014
Memorial essay by CEI president, with additional comments from Fred Smith, CEI founder and chairman
"Leonard knew just about everything about classical liberalism—and just about everyone who helped build the movement. ... To know Leonard was to absorb the richness of his ideas and breadth of his insights. It was also a pleasure. Classical liberals are often typecast as a cantankerous lot. Leonard was certainly not. He was friends with all."
In Memoriam: Leonard Liggio, 14 Oct 2014
Extensive biographical essay covering Liggio's activities in various institutions, awards and the Liggio Legacy Program
"Leonard's lifelong work for liberty won him acclaim among diverse audiences. In 2007, he was recognized with the Adam Smith Award, the highest prize bestowed by the Association of Private Enterprise Education. In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics. That same year, the then-nascent organization Students for Liberty published an interview with Leonard that called him 'The Original Student for Liberty.'"
Leonard Liggio, R.I.P., by Brian Doherty, 14 Oct 2014
Memorial essay reviewing Liggio's work in the libertarian movement
"Liggio was quite literally one of the first mere handfuls of youngsters that arose in the 1950s to advocate and spread modern American libertarian ideas, as a leader in a pro-freedom group called Students for America and as part of a small gang of young radical libertarians led by Murray Rothbard called the Circle Bastiat."
Leonard P. Liggio (1933–2014), by Sheldon Richman
A tribute to Richman's "favorite teacher"
"He was a radical libertarian devoted to individualism, free markets, and peace. He was a sworn enemy of tyranny, imperialism, and war. But he could overcome ideological disagreements with others by finding those areas in which they believed in human dignity and freedom. ... The key to his success was his ability to show the connections among the mercantilism, imperialism, regulation of business, welfarism, and government spending, inflation, and debt."
Non-Marxist Theories of Imperialism, by Alan Fairgate, Feb 1976
Examines writings of critics of imperialism that are not based on Marxist analysis
"In addition, a penetrating analysis of the origins and development of the isolationist movement is provided in Leonard Liggio's essays in Left and Right ... Liggio's model of 'Paleface'–'Redskin' tensions within American society (Autumn 1966) offers an original and valuable framework for analysis of the isolationist movement. The Redskin category encompasses the mass of American people who fled statist oppression in Old World feudal systems ... The 'Palefaces,' on the other hand, are those who seek to implant the feudal structures of the Old World in American society ..."


Editorial: Turgot and the Battle Against Physiocracy, Literature of Liberty, 1979
Editorial essay for volume II, number 1; discusses those who influenced Turgot and those influenced by him
"The continuing significance of Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1727–1781) is both as a founder of modern economic science and as a powerful shaper of the Enlightenment idea of progress. The youthful Turgot was deeply moved by the liberal temper of Montesquieu's L'Esprit des Lois (1748). Turgot, however, found Montesquieu's determinism uncongenial; he was deeply impressed by the role of the human mind in molding history. ... Turgot's greatest impact, arguably, was being the teacher of Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas Caritat de Condorcet (1743–1794). Especially after the fall of Turgot, Condorcet became the hope of the liberal cause."
Felix Morley – Washington Post & his Career
Biographical essay, based on Morley's For the Record
"Morley says that his objective as editor was to make the Post an 'American version of the Manchester Guardian.' To Morley that meant international coverage and classical liberalism. ... Morley was critical of the Wilson administration's wartime measures such as the Espionage and Sedition Act of 1917 and the Committee on Public Information (Creel Committee)."
Related Topic: Felix Morley
The State of the Movement [PDF], The Libertarian Forum, 15 May 1970
"The Movement has been facing the disintegration of the primary centers of the New Left, especially SDS, with confusion and dismay. ... The Movement is defined by the central issue of American politics--foreign affairs. ... Draft resistance is the major focus of anti-imperialist activity."


The Intellectual Portrait Series: A Conversation with Leonard Liggio [2006] , by Leonard Liggio, John Blundell, Ed Feulner, 2006
Lengthy interview by Blundell, with commentary by Feulner, covering Liggio's life and his views on various topics


The Literature of Liberty: A Review of Contemporary Liberal Thought, by Cato Institute (Publisher from Vol. 1 No. 1 (January-March 1978) to Vol. 2 No. 4 (October-December 1979)), Institute for Humane Studies (Publisher from Vol. 3 No. 1 (Spring 1980) to Vol. 5 No. 4 (Winter 1982)), Leonard Liggio (Editor)
Jan 1978-Winter 1982, quarterly


Video in honor of Leonard Liggio, 23 Dec 2009
Collection of short video statements honoring Liggio on occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Institute for Economic Studies Europe


Leonard Liggio: A History of Foreign Policy from a Libertarian Perspective , 1981
Lecture at the Laissez-Faire Supper Club, New York City, about the history of foreign intervention from Enlightment England to the Cold War
Related Topic: Foreign Entanglements

Leonard Liggio on the Rise of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, by Jacob Hornberger, Leonard Liggio, 9 Mar 1995
Talk given at Vienna Coffee Club (Future of Freedom Foundation). Liggio starts off with the New Deal and covers many events and individuals both at the core and the periphery of the modern libertarian movement

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