Peter Mentzel

Peter Mentzel is a historian and a Liberty Fund Senior Fellow.

Happy Birthday Lysander Spooner!

Everyone interested in individual freedom, should take a moment on Sunday, January 19th, to remember the birth of entrepreneur, lawyer, abolitionist, and scholar Lysander Spooner, born in 1808 in Athol, MA. In his prodigious corpus of work, Spooner emerges as an uncompromising champion of individual freedom, which he grounds in a robust understanding of Natural Law, what he came to call the "Science of Justice." His strong belief in the liberty of the individual manifested itself in a number of ways. Spooner operated a highly successful private postal service (soon shut down by the Federal Government). He developed a startlingly original…

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