The Centennial of the Death of Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912)

Founding Father of the Anarcho-Capitalist Tradition

[Commemorating the Centennial of his death at 92 years of age on 28 January, 1912 in Adinkerke, Belgium]

 

GUSTAVE DE MOLINARI (1819-1912)
Commemorating the Centennial of his death at 92 years of age on
28 January, 1912 in Adinkerke, Belgium. [Obit]

 

Richard Cobden & Frédéric Bastiat urged us to demand "free trade in everything"
Gustave de Molinari dared to think about "free trade" in just one more thing...

free trade in government services.

John Locke's motto was "Pax ac Libertas". Molinari's was "La Liberté et la Paix". Mine is "In vino libertas".

 

"(A)u risque d'être qualifiés d'utopistes, nous dirons que cela n'est pas contestable, et qu'un attentif examen des faits résoudra de plus en plus, en faveur de la liberté, le problème du gouvernement, de même que tous les autres problèmes économiques. Nous sommes bien convaincus, en ce qui nous concerne, que des associations s'établiront un jour pour réclamer la liberté de gouvernement, comme il s'en est établi pour réclamer la liberté du commerce."
(Molinari, "The Production of Security" (1849)).

[See our Molinari page for more].

[(A)t the risk of being considered utopian, we affirm that this is not disputable, that a careful examination of the facts will decide the problem of government more and more in favor of liberty, just as it does all other economic problems. We are convinced, so far as we are concerned, that one day groups will be established to agitate for free government, as they have already been established on behalf of free trade.]
(Molinari, "The Production of Security" (1849)).

[See his seminal papers from which anarcho-capitalism sprang, which are part of an anthology I have edited of his writings on the State (1846-1912) (en français)].

 

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