by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books
“Liberty is a rare and precious thing,” Jim Powell, former editor of Laissez-Faire Books, writes in his book The Triumph of Liberty.
Human history, Powell explains, is rife with warmongers and mindless warriors, slave-drivers and slaves, dictators and serfs. And the past century is no exception: “The 20th century,” Powell points out, “was drenched in blood.”
Liberty, from the apogee of human history, isn’t even a blip on the radar.
Yet, despite (or maybe as a result of) exiting a blood-drenched century, mixed with technological leaps, the ideas of liberty have never been so widespread and readily available than they are now.