• "The plans differ; the planners are all alike..."
                                                             – Frederic Bastiat

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Liberty Australia?
Who are the Liberty legends?
Who are your research scholars?

How do I get my content published?
What is your reprint policy?
What is your privacy policy?
Are you conservative, libertarian, anarchist, socialist, liberal or what?
What is the Liberty Australia position on [fill in the blank]?
How are you funded?

 

What is Liberty Australia?

Liberty Australia is a website formed in early 2008 to spread and further the cause of liberty.  The idea was conceived and subsequently developed as a result of the inspiration garnered from the presidential campaign of United States Congressman Dr. Ron Paul.

Frustrated by the lack of substance in the mainstream media and so-called ‘free market’ think tanks, we have created a web framework capable of undercutting the mainstream, getting the right information out there and harnessing grassroots activism. Our goal is a free and prosperous Australia.

Liberty Australia is incoporated nationally as a company limited by guarantee. We sponsor teaching programs and professional meetings, publish journals and books, make available audio and video, and otherwise provide a wide range of services to uphold the tradition of liberty. We are not a “think tank” in the conventional sense because we serve no political party, offer no revolving door for public officials, nor seek to embroil ourselves in the pseudo-sciences of social and economic “management”.

Rather, Liberty Australia seeks to back research in defense of the market economy, private property, sound money, and peaceful international relations, while opposing government intervention as economically and socially destructive.
 

Who are the Liberty legends?

The liberty legends are individuals who have made considerable contributions to the cause of liberty through intellectual scholarship and whose content appears on our site.

Those of the past are:


The Living:

Who are your research scholars?

Research scholars are authors who have been recognized by Liberty Australia. These individuals have a history of excellent scholarship in line with our mission.

They are:


How do I get my content published or featured?

To submit an opinion piece for our website (generally up to 1200 words), simply register on the site and then submit your content. An editor will then review your work and will promote it to the front page if approved. To write for our print publications (such as the Ocassional Paper series or our Journal of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom) send an email to ssabhlok@mises.com with your work attached.

What is your reprint policy?

Liberty Australia generally publishes in Creative Commons, which comes as close to a free-market system as is possible given the prevailing mercantilism of copyright. This means that for most of the content on our website, you are free to republish provided due acknowledgement is given. We prefer you check with us first. We wish we could but can’t grant open rights to all things. Just because we have been granted some rights doesn’t mean that we ourselves can grant such rights.   

What is your privacy policy?

The full text is here.

Are you conservative, libertarian, anarchist, socialist, liberal or what?

Most of us seem to always be reaching for handy generalisations, for they often simplify rhetoric and take the place of long, drawn-out definitions. Yet, care must be exercised for there is the risk that these labels can be used for semantic tricks and do a disservice to those who use them. 

We are neither “left” nor “right” wing, as they are currently understood in the public lexicon. These labels are each descriptive of authoritarian positions and offer a false paradigm. Liberty has no relationship to authoritarianism, it is unique. It can encompass a wide range of thought from Jeffersonian classical liberalism to the modern anarcho-capitalism of Murray N. Rothbard. Though libertarianism is rooted in many different philosophical points of view, the Austrian free-market economics that supports our convictions is a value-free science.

The core conviction is what matters: peaceful exchange makes everyone better off; private property is the first principle of liberty; intervention destroys wealth; society and economy need no central management to achieve orderliness.

Some of our biggest critics are often from varieties of “right-wing” thought (protectionist, imperialist, moralist, etc.) that have their own agenda for what they want the state to do.

What is the Liberty Australia position on [fill in the blank]?

Liberty Australia represents a variety of thought that is currently embodied in the work of many students and scholars. As such, there is no specific “Liberty Australia position” on any particular issue. However, writers on this site hold definite views on just about every aspect of history, theory, and policy within the framework of the social sciences. There are unifying themes and there are wide differences as well. Liberty Australia gladly takes responsibility for having published and distributed the opinions, to the extent they have been promoted, but full responsibility for the opinions themselves is attributable to the author or authors.

How are you funded?

We are funded by the private donations of individuals and businesses. We accept no government funds and we tend to be eschewed by large foundations and corporations (we accept no contract work). However, these strictures place a rather severe limit on our resources and growth potential. Please help us overcome the odds by donating or volunteering. Unfortunately, the state has not yet granted the organisation a tax-deductible donation status.