David Hart was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He is an independent scholar of the history of classical liberal thought and the Great Books program, and a consultant on the design and building of digital libraries.
He was the Director of Liberty Fund’s award winning Online Library of Liberty Project (2001-2019) which was recognised by the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the British Arts & Humanities Research Council for its contributions to the humanities and education. While Director of the OLL he founded and edited the scholarly Liberty Matters online discussion forum (42 issues between Jan. 2013 - Sept. 2019), curated the online collection of “The Great Books of Liberty,” served as Academic Editor for the multi-volume Collected Works of Frédéric Bastiat, edited and co-translated Gustave de Molinari’s Evenings on Saint Lazarus Street (1849), and edited numerous important online collections of works by Jeremy Bentham, James Mill, Thomas Gordon and John Trenchard, the American Anti-Slavery Society, Lysander Spooner, and a large collection (300+) of 17th century Leveller Tracts.
He speaks regularly to groups across the U.S. about the history of ideas and the classical liberal tradition, such as the Cato Institute, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and the Philadelphia Society; the Institute of Economics Affairs, in London; the Institute for Liberal Studies, in Canada; and the Centre for Independent Studies and the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in Australia
His research interests include the history of classical liberal thought (with a focus on the 17th century English Levellers, 19th century French political economy, and American radical individualists), the history of economic thought, classical liberal class analysis, and the history of war and film. David has presented papers at meetings of the Libertarian Scholars Conference, the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University, the Southern Economic Association, the American Philosophical Society, and the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia.
For a more complete list of David Hart’s intellectual activities see his website “The Digital Library of Liberty and Power” <http://davidmhart.com/liberty> and <http://davidmhart.com/liberty/Index-Pages/papers.html>, and his blog “Reflections on Liberty and Power” <http://www.davidmhart.com/wordpress>.
[For a fuller bio (with illustrations see <http://davidmhart.com/DMH/FullBio.html>.]