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STEVE HORWITZ

NEWS + ANALYSIS

RECLAIMING CLASSICAL LIBERALISM THROUGH THE REALM OF IDEAS

June 25, 2015 | by Steve Horwitz

By founding institutions like the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Fraser Institute, and Atlas Network, Antony Fisher understood that reclaiming the classical liberal tradition had to start in the realm of ideas. The way in which ideas influenced the broader culture, including politics, was at the forefront of Hayek’s concerns after the rout of classical liberalism in the Great Depression and World War II. His essay “The Intellectuals and Socialism” was his most focused attempt to understand that process. It was encountering Hayek, and presumably hearing a version of that argument, that led Fisher to see the importance of think tanks for changing the world, especially in comparison to partisan politics.

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