Regardless of our political commitments, we all want the world to be better. We want people everywhere to be healthier, happier, safer, and more prosperous than ever before. Political liberty--the freedom to live our lives as we want while affording others the right to do the same, free from the heavy hand of the state--is the best way to achieve that goal. Visions of Liberty is more than just an introduction to the broad scope of political liberty. It will leave you with a strong sense--a clear vision--of what the application of genuine libertarian policies looks like in practice. Our contributors take different approaches. Some look to the past, pointing out how things worked before government got involved. Others look forward, offering future histories that describe how things could play out if we make certain choices. But each of them shares the fi rm belief that when freed from the meddlesome and coercive hand of the state, people can do amazing things. Liberty unleashes our drive for ingenuity and sense of compassion. This radical vision of a world that might be is truly worth striving for.
About the Author
Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org a project of the Cato Institute, as well as co-host of the Free Thoughts podcast. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Liberty, and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver. Paul Matzko is the assistant editor for tech and innovation at Libertarianism.org. His book, The Radio Right: How a Band of Broadcasters Took on the Federal Government and Built the Modern Conservative Movement, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020.