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Publications issued at regular intervals, such as magazines and journals

Periodical literature (also called a periodical publication or simply a periodical) is a category of serial publications that appear in a new edition on a regular schedule. The most familiar example is the magazine, typically published weekly, monthly or quarterly. Newspapers, often published daily or weekly, are, strictly speaking, a separate category of serial. Other examples of periodicals are newsletters, literary magazines (literary journals), academic journals (including scientific journals), science magazines and yearbooks.

Featured Works

  • Freeman, The - Flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education, published between 2 Oct 1950 and autumn of 2016
  • Liberty - Periodical published from 1881 to 1908 by Benjamin Tucker where he and mutliple contributors developed the individualist anarchist philosophy
  • Reason - Monthly libertarian magazine published by the Reason Foundation, launched in May 1968

Notable Works

  • American Mercury, The - American literary magazine founded in 1924 by H. L. Mencken. which he edited during its first ten years, last published in 1981
  • analysis - Monthly broadsheet published by Frank Chodorov between 1944 and 1951
  • Freeman, The - Weekly magazine originated by Albert Jay Nock, published between 1920 and 1924
  • Libertarian Forum, The - Newsletter edited by Murray Rothbard, published between 1 Mar 1969 and Dec 1984
  • New Individualist Review - Quarterly journal founded and edited (for its first six years) by Ralph Raico, published between 1961 and 1968
  • Objectivist, The - Newsletter created by Ayn Rand (as The Objectivist Newsletter) in 1962 and edited by herself and Nathaniel Branden (until 1968)


The Libertarian Press, by Ronald Lora (editor), William Henry Longton (editor), The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America, 1999
Introduction to historical reviews of Freeman (1920-24), Freeman (1950-), analysis, New Individualist Review, Objectivist, Fragments and Libertarian Forum
Frank Chodorov, whose rock-ribbed libertarian convictions led him to found the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists (1953) and author a book revealingly titled One Is a Crowd (1952), once told a friend that "anyone who calls me a conservative deserves a punch in the nose." In the pages that follow, Robert Hessen wonders whether Ayn Rand's publications (and by implication those of other libertarians) should appear in a study of the American conservative press.
Related Topic: Libertarianism
Meeting Murray Rothbard On the Road to Libertarianism, by Jeff Riggenbach, 4 Jan 2003
Riggenbach recounts his path from advocate of Ayn Rand, to reading Robert LeFevre to reading and eventually meeting Murray Rothbard; revised version printed in Walter Block's I Chose Liberty (2010), chapter 61
Since 1972, ... I had been writing for Objectivist and libertarian publications ... My byline was appearing in ... Book News (an Objectivist monthly ...), Roy Childs's Books for Libertarians (soon to evolve into The Libertarian Review), and Reason ... [F]rom 1978 to 1982, I had been Roy Childs's editorial second-in-command at The Libertarian Review (LR). Then, from 1982, when LR merged with Inquiry, to 1985, when Inquiry ceased publication, I was a contributing editor of Inquiry. From 1977 to around 1990, ... I was a contributing editor of Samuel Edward Konkin III's New Libertarian.
Why Liberty?, by R. W. Bradford, Doug Casey, Stephen Cox, Ross Overbeek, Murray N. Rothbard, Liberty, 5 Jul 1987
First (and only) editorial, discusses the three different kinds of existing libertarian periodicals, what areas and issues Liberty was going to address and who the founders were
[I]t seems to us that nearly all libertarian periodicals fit into one of three categories: outreach periodicals, house organs, or scholarly journals ... While converting others may be an important and worthwhile activity, outreach periodicals are sometimes rather boring to the intelligent libertarian ... Other libertarian periodicals attempt to expound a certain vision of liberty ... These house organs ... often suffer from their narrow scope and perspective ... Libertarian scholarly journals offer a wider scope and broader perspectives; they often explore the frontiers of libertarian thinking.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Periodical literature" as of 7 Aug 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.