Argentine jurist, considered the "Father" of the Argentine Constitution


Juan Bautista Alberdi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Juan Bautista Alberdi (29 August 1810 - 19 June 1884) was a political theorist and diplomat, born in San Miguel de Tucumán, province of Tucumán, Argentina. Although he lived most of his life in exile in Montevideo and Chile, he was one of the most influential Argentine liberals of his age. ..."


29 Aug 1810, in Tucumán, Argentina


Juan Bautista Alberdi (1810 - 1884) [PDF]
Liberal Thinkers - Juan Bautista Alberdi


Classical Liberalism in Argentina: A Lesson for the World, by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom, Jul 1994
Recounts highlights of Argentine history from the 1810 revolution to the late 20th century, arguing that the period from the ouster of Rosas in 1852 to the military coup of 1930 demonstrated the validity of Adam Smith's writings
"Upon Rosas' ouster, a new constitution for Argentina was drafted. The man most responsible for the new constitution was Juan Bautista Alberdi — one of the greatest men in Argentine history. ... Alberdi believed that individuals had inherent rights of life, liberty, and property with which no government could legitimately interfere. He believed that the primary purpose of government was to ensure the protection of these unalienable rights."
How I Became a Liberal, by Alejandro Chafuen, 19 Dec 2003
Part of Walter Block's Autobiography Archive
"Alberto Jr. gave me a couple of booklets written by his dad, based on the writings of Juan Bautista Alberdi, the nineteenth century Argentine mixture of Madison-Jefferson, and Ludwig von Mises. Pavon's writings opened the door to this wonderful mansion of a liberty, lived under the guidance of truth, which has been my house ever since."
The Authority of a Foreign Talisman: A Study of U.S. Constitutional Practice as Authority in Nineteenth Century Argentina and the Argentine Elite's Leap of Faith, by Jonathan M. Miller, American University Law Review, Jun 1997
Examines the history of Argentine law prior to adoption of the 1853 Constitution, the arguments in Alberdi's Bases and the influence of the U.S. Constitution during the remainder of the 19th century and up to 1930
"Alberdi published Bases in Chile in May 1852, and immediately sent a copy to General Urquiza, the key figure for making any constitutional innovation a reality. Bases examined what Alberdi perceived to be the fundamental ills besetting Argentine society, offered a manifesto of fundamental constitutional principles to cure them, and in the second edition published later that year, included a draft constitution in an appendix."
The Life, Death, and Resurrection of an Economy, by Michael C. Monson, The Freeman, May 1993
Lengthy economic history of Argentina, from the time of the conquistadors to the early 1990's, highlighting the outstanding growth in the 19th and early 20th century and the economic nationalism and government interventions in the 20th century
"Argentina was thus receptive to the ideas put forth in 1852 by Juan Bautista Alberdi, one of Argentina’s greatest jurists, in his classic Bases for the Political Organization of the Argentine Republic. ... Alberdi's classic had a major influence on the drafting of the Constitution of 1853 which supported free markets and favored foreign investment. Alberdi's call for free enterprise and free immigration, though directed at all of Latin America, was most fully implemented in Argentina."

Books Authored

Bases y Puntos de Partida para la Organización Política de la República Argentina, 1852
Bases and Starting Points for the Political Organization of the Argentine Republic, in Spanish; partial contents: Idea de la manera práctica de organizar el gobierno mixto que se propone, tomada de los gobiernos federales de Norteamérica, Suiza y Alemania
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