>Those I’ve created thus far:
3. Thomas Szasz
I understand that Christopher Lasch isn’t particularly “libertarian”, and in fact was quite critical of consumerism, neo-liberalism and the homo economicus branch of conservatism (and indeed there is much to criticize), but I’m hot off of reading The True and Only Heaven, which I found fascinating. Though I didn’t expect him to present a sophisticated and scholarly critique of the expansion of state power in the US from a staunch libertarian perspective, his critique of mass democracy supported by a globally ambitious form of consumerism – given concrete form by the coercive spread of an American state capitalism via war, the IMF, etc. – is extremely insightful. His exploration into the critics of “Progress” – populists, radicals, small businessman and others who fought, and fight, the “historical tide” of bigness in industry and remote government – will obviously strike a chord with the more radical libertarians out there, left and right.