Did you know modern American libertarianism was founded by four women?


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The Cato Institute’s David Boaz just published an article at Time about Laura Ingalls Wilder (yes, that Laura Ingalls Wilder) and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, whom many people don’t realize is considered a “founding mother” of the modern libertarian movement. As Boaz explains, Lane helped to edit or even write the Little House books, and her libertarianism clearly shows:

In Little House on the Prairie, young Laura hears the Declaration of Independence read and thinks, “Americans won’t obey any king on earth. Americans are free. That means they have to obey their own consciences. … When I am a little older, Pa and Ma will stop telling me what to do, and there isn’t anyone else who has a right to give me orders. I will have to make myself be good.” That’s Lane’s voice.

(I was devoted to the Little House series for years, so maybe that explains…

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