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Women’s History Month

The Cato Institute pays homage to Three Women Who Resurrected Classical Liberalism

 Mothers of the Libertarian Movement.

Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, and Ayn Rand

For those of you who may not know it, Classical Liberalism, is the foundation upon which this country was founded.  The tennants of classical liberalism includes the importance of human rationality, individual property rights, natural rights, the protection of civil liberties, individual freedom from restraint, equality under the law, constitutional limitation of government, free markets, and a gold standard to place fiscal constraints on government as exemplified in the writings of John Locke, Adam Smith, David Hume, David Ricardo, Voltaire, Montesquieu and others.

Three Women who in the early 1940s unabashedly defended individualism and free-market capitalism in an age that widely considered American capitalism dead and socialism the future. In 1943, Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane and Ayn Rand published three groundbreaking books (The God of the Machine, The Discovery of Freedom and The Fountainhead), which laid the foundations of the modern libertarian movement.

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