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Tom G. Palmer

Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. On Nov. 10, 2016, Dr. Tom G. Palmer was named the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.

He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London.

He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty(2013), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014), and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2016). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Tom G. Palmer's Articles

Freedom Is the Birthright of All Humanity

Liberty is an achievement, not an inevitable condition or the logically necessary implication of some one big idea. Understanding the history of the ideas that led to liberty can help us to better understand those ideas in theory and – of greater importance – in practice.

- January 05, 2017

The Three Most Pressing Threats to Liberty

Now is the time to defend the liberty that makes possible a global civilization that enables friendship, family, cooperation, trade, mutual benefit, science, wisdom — in a word, life — and to challenge the modern anti-libertarian triumvirate and reveal the emptiness at its heart.


- December 08, 2016

Hayek the Dangerous

Unlike Martin Heidegger or Carl Schmitt, there was a thinker who stood for the worth, dignity, and freedom of the individual human being, who defended the rationality of the market economy, who stood for peace when others raged for war, for reconciliation while others thirsted for revenge; and that was F. A. Hayek.

- November 07, 2016

Carl Schmitt: The Philosopher of Conflict Who Inspired Both the Left and the Right

Carl Schmitt's influence on the political thought of the last century has been subtle, but his core idea came to permeate the thinking of both the left and the right. His thorough and uncompromising rejection of classical liberalism has inspired both “left wing” and “right wing” attacks on toleration, the market economy, limited government, and peace.

- November 06, 2016

Martin Heidegger: Philosopher of Nazism and Other Collectivist Cults

Martin Heidegger is widely considered to be one of the most influential and least understood thinkers of the twentieth century. The idea of authenticity he promoted is another key idea deployed by anti-libertarian movements, and the wave of political correctness derives from one of his most famous students.

- November 05, 2016

The Responsibility of Being Free

Free people are not subservient, but neither are they uncontrolled. They control themselves. Taking control of your life is an act of both freedom and responsibility.

- September 07, 2016

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