Álvaro Flórez Estrada: Compromised Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Spain
By Carlos Rodríguez Braun
This article appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of The Independent Review


Spanish economist Álvaro Flórez Estrada (1766–1853) showed a brave commitment to civil and political liberties, but his opposition to private landownership undermined his case for liberalism. Like John Stuart Mill and Herbert Spencer, Estrada failed to realize that when the coercive power of politics is allowed to violate liberty in one domain, it invariably violates liberty in others.

Other Independent Review articles by Carlos Rodríguez Braun
    Summer 2012   The Values of Free Enterprise versus the New Populism in Latin America
    Winter 2011   Bastiat as an Economist
    Spring 2010   On Liberty’s Liberty

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