CV of David M. Hart

Date: October 2019

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Date and place of birth: 22 June, 1957, Sydney N.S.W.

David M. Hart is an independent scholar of the history of classical liberal thought and the Great Books program, and a consultant on the design and building of digital libraries.

He was the Director of Liberty Fund’s award winning Online Library of Liberty Project (2001-2019) which was recognised by the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the British Arts & Humanities Research Council for its contributions to the humanities and education. While Director of the OLL he founded and edited the scholarly Liberty Matters online discussion forum, curated and expanded the online collection of “The Great Books of Liberty,” served as Academic Editor for the multi-volume Collected Works of Frédéric Bastiat, edited and co-translated Gustave de Molinari’s Evenings on Saint Lazarus Street (1849), and edited numerous important online collections of works by Jeremy Bentham, James Mill, Thomas Gordon and John Trenchard, , the American Anti-Slavery Society, Lysander Spooner, and a large 10 volume collection of 17th century Leveller Tracts.

He speaks regularly to groups across the U.S. about the history of ideas and the classical liberal tradition, such as the Cato Institute, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and the Philadelphia Society; the Institute of Economics Affairs, in London; the Institute for Liberal Studies, in Canada; and the Centre for Independent Studies and the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in Australia

His research interests include the history of classical liberal thought (with a focus on the 17th century English Levellers, 19th century French political economy, and American radical individualists), the history of economic thought, classical liberal class analysis, and the history of war and film. David has presented papers at meetings of the Libertarian Scholars Conference, the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University, the Southern Economic Association, the American Philosophical Society, and the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia.


  • 2001-2019: Director of the Online Library of Liberty Project, at Liberty Fund Inc., Indianapolis, IN. Website: <>.
  • 1986-2001: Lecturer in Modern European History, the University of Adelaide. Courses taught: first year Survey of Modern European History, upper level courses on Liberal Europe, 1815-1914, German History, the Intellectual and Cultural History of War, the Enlightenment, and Film and History. Winner of the University Teaching Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
  • 1983-1986: Cambridge University, Supervision and tutoring of students in the History of Modern Political Thought.


  • 1983-1986: PhD from King’s College, Cambridge, U.K. Thesis topic on “Class Analysis, Slavery and the Industrialist Theory of History in French Liberal Thought, 1814-1830: The Radical Liberalism of Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer.”
  • 1981-1983: M.A. in Modern European History, Stanford University, CA.
  • 1980-1981: DAAD Scholarship to attend the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, FRG.
  • 1975-1979: B.A. (Hons.) in history from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Thesis on "Gustave de Molinari and the Anti-Statist Tradition."
  • 1966-1974: High school at Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia.


For a more complete list of David Hart’s intellectual activities see his website <>.

Though not technically a “paper” he has also written a screenplay for an historical film abut Frédéric Bastiat during the 1848 Revolution:

Print Publications

  1. “The Paris School of Liberal Political Economy” in The Cambridge History of French Thought, ed. Michael Moriarty and Jeremy Jennings (Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 301-12.
  2. Gustave de Molinari,Les Soirées de la rue Saint-Lazare: Entretiens sur les lois économiques et défense de la propriété (Evenings on Saint Lazarus Street: Discussions on Economic Laws and the Defence of Property). Translated and Edited and with an Introduction by David M. Hart (Liberty Fund, forthcoming).
  3. Social Class and State Power: Exploring an Alternative Radical Tradition, ed. David M. Hart, Gary Chartier, Ross Miller Kenyon, and Roderick T. Long (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
  4. "For Whom the Bell Tolls: The School of Liberty and the Rise of Interventionism in French Political Economy in the Late 19thC," and a translation of Frédéric Passy, “The School of Liberty” in Journal of Markets and Morality, vol. 20, Number 2 (Fall 2017), pp. 383-412.
  5. The Collected Works of Frédéric Bastiat in six volumes. Jacques de Guenin, General Editor. Academic Editor, David M. Hart (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2011-2019).
    1. Vol. 1: The Man and the Statesman: The Correspondence and Articles on Politics (2011)
    2. Vol. 2: The Law, The State, and Other Political Writings, 1843-1850 (2012)
    3. Vol. 3: Economic Sophisms and “What is Seen and What is Not Seen” (2017).
    4. Vol. 4: Miscellaneous Economic Writings (final draft 2019, forthcoming)
    5. Vol. 5: Economic Harmonies (final draft 2019, forthcoming)
  6. Translation of Gustave de Molinari's "Eleventh Soirée" from Les Soirées de la Rue Saint-Lazare (1849) in Panarchy: Political Theories of Non-Territorial States, ed. Aviezer Tucker, Gian Piero de Bellis (Routledge, 2016).
  7. “Broken Windows and House owning Dogs: The French Connection and the Popularization of Economics from Bastiat to Jasay,” The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy. Symposium on Anthony de Jasay (Summer 2015), vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 61-84.
  8. L'âge d`or du libéralisme français. Anthologie. XIXe siècle. Robert Leroux et David M. Hart. Préface de Mathieu Laine (Paris: Editions Ellipses, 2014).
  9. Jacques Bonhomme: L’éphémère journal de Frédéric Bastiat et Gustave de Molinari (11 juin – 13 juillet 1848). Recueil de tous les articles, augmenté d’une introduction. Ed. Benoît Malbranque (Paris: Institut Coppet, 2014).
  10. French Liberalism in the 19th Century: An Anthology. Edited by Robert Leroux and David M. Hart (London: Routledge, 2012).
  11. The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Editor-in-Chief Ronald Hamowy. Assistant Editors Jason Kuznicki and Aaron Steelman. Consulting Editor Deirdre McCloskey. Founding and Consulting Editor Jeffrey D. Schultz. (Los Angeles: Sage, 2008. A Project of the Cato Institute). Entries on Comte, Condorcet, Constant, Dunoyer, The French Revolution, Molinari, Say, Tracy, and Turgot.
  12. “War and Peace in the Arts”, in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz (New York: Charles Scribners & Sons, 2004). In 6 Volumes. vol. 6, pp. 2454-60. Online version <>

Online Editions and Anthologies

  1. The OLL Reader: An Anthology of the Best of the Online Library of Liberty - an anthology of some of the best material in the OLL collection; there are 90 items in the main collection covering 12 topics providing an overview of classical liberal and free market thinking <> with another 160 items in additional expanded sections
  2. Quotations about Liberty and Power: 600 quotations with brief bios and analyses of their significance; organised by 30 topics <>
  3. Key Documents of Liberty: over 100 legal documents from the Code of Hammurabi to the early 19th century <>
  4. a Pocket Guide to Political and Civic Rights (1215-1830) <>
  5. James Mill: The Political Writings of James Mill: Essays and Reviews on Politics and Society, 1815-1836 (2013) <>
  6. The Works of Jeremy Bentham, published under the Superintendence of his Executor, John Bowring (1838-1843). 11 vols. <> with a new comprehensive table of contents of his writings
  7. The Works of Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), 5 vols. (2008-10) <>
  8. Thomas Gordon and John Trenchard: Thomas Gordon, Political Discourses on Tacitus and Sallust: Tyranny, Empire, War, and Corruption (1728-1744) (2013) <>
  9. The Leveller Tracts Project:
    1. Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics (1638-1660), 7 vols. (2014-18), with 3 additional volumes. Over 300 tracts by the Levellers (both the better down ones like Overton, Lilburne, and Walwyn, along with many other lesser known ones) and their critics (both Parliamentary and royalist). <>. And two Anthologies of Leveller writings:
    2. Agreements of the People, Petitions, Remonstrances, and Declarations (1646-1659) <> and
    3. The Levellers and the Origins of Anglo-American Constitutionalism <>
  10. A revised edition of the Collected Works of Bastiat in chronological order of publication <>

Scholarly Papers and Talks

  1. “Some Thoughts on an ‘Austrian Theory of Film’: Ideas and Human Action in a Film about Frédéric Bastiat”, a paper given at the Libertarian Scholars Conference, The Kings College, NYC (Sept. 2019) <>
  2. ”Was Molinari a true Anarcho-Capitalist?: An Intellectual History of the Private and Competitive Production of Security,” a paper at the Libertarian Scholars Conference, NYC (Sept. 2019) <>
  3. "Reassessing Bastiat's Economic Harmonies after 160 Years" Liberty Matters (May 2019) <>
  4. ”The Conflicted Western Tradition: Some Provocative Pairings of Texts about Liberty and Power. Or, ‘Logos libertas est’” - a paper give at the Association of Core Texts and Courses annual conference, April 2019, Santa Fe, NM. <>
  5. “Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912): A Survey of the Life and Work of an “économiste dure” (a hard-core economist)”, the introduction to The Bicentennial Anthology of Gustave de Molinari’s Writings on the State (1846-1911) (2018) <>
  6. “Plunderers, Parasites, and Plutocrats: Some Reflections on the Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Classical Liberal Class Analysis.” Paper given at the Libertarian Scholars Conference, The Kings College, NYC, 20 Oct. 2018. <>
  7. “The Paris School of Liberal Political Economy, 1803-1853” (2018) <>
  8. “The ‘Seen’ and the ‘Unseen’ Bastiat: Some Reflections on Editing his Work and his Continuing Relevance for Today,” Ostrom Workshop, Tocqueville Lecture Series, 28 Sept. 2018, Indiana University, IN.
  9. Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics (1638-1660), 7 vols. Edited by David M. Hart and Ross Kenyon (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2014-18), Volume 7 (1650-1660) (2018). <>
  10. Translation and “Introduction” and “Further Aspects of Molinari’s Life and Thought,” in Gustave de Molinari, Evenings on Saint Lazarus Street: Discussions on Economic Laws and the Defense of Property (Liberty Fund, forthcoming). Draft online <>.
  11. Introduction and Notes to the revised translation of Bastiat’s The State, Online Library of Liberty (June 2018). <>
  12. Introduction and Notes to the revised translation of Bastiat’s The Law, Online Library of Liberty (Feb. 2018). <>
  13. “Socialism: A Study Guide and Reader,” Online Library of Liberty (July, 2018). <>
  14. “Bastiat: the ‘Unseen’ Radical”. The Henry Hazlitt Memorial Lecture, Austrian Economics Research Conference, Mises Institute, Auburn AL (March 2017). <>
  15. ”’I, Pencil’: An Intellectual History” (January, 2017).
  16. “Gilbert-Urbain Guillaumin (1801-64) and the Guillaumin publishing firm (1837-1910): A Statistical Analysis of Seventy Years of Publication” (January, 2017). <>
  17. “Classical Liberalism and the Problem of Class,” Liberty Matters Online Discussion Forum, Online Library of Liberty (Nov. 2016) <>
  18. "Bastiat’s Theory of Class: The Plunderers vs. the Plundered" (May, 2016). An introduction to a bilingual anthology of Bastiat’s writings on class and exploitation. <>
  19. "The Struggle against Protectionism, Socialism, and the Bureaucratic State: The Economic Thought of Gustave de Molinari, 1845-1855." Paper given at the Austrian Economics Research Conference, 31 March to 2 April 2016, The Mises Institute, Auburn, AL. <>
  20. “The Life of Jacques Bonhomme, Printer (1819–1865),” Online Library of Liberty (27 March, 2016). <>
  21. “Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Scribblers: An Austrian Analysis of the Structure of Production and Distribution of Ideas”. A paper given at the Southern Economics Association, New Orleans, November 21-23, 2015. <>
  22. "Reassessing Frédéric Bastiat as an Economic Theorist.” A paper presented to the Free Market Institute, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, October 2, 2015. <>
  23. “Gustave de Molinari and The Seven Musketeers of French Political Economy in the 1840s” (25 June, 2015). <>
  24. “The Classical Liberal Tradition - A History of Ideas and Movements over 400 Years.” Papers given to the Institute for Humane Studies, Advanced Studies Summer Seminar, Bryn Mawr College, PA (June 2015). <>
  25. “Images of Liberty and Power: the Subversion of State Propaganda.” A paper given to the Institute for Humane Studies, Advanced Studies Summer Seminar, Bryn Mawr College, PA (June 2015). [PDF] <>
  26. “Competing Visions of the Future: Socialist and Classical Liberal.” A paper given to the Institute for Humane Studies, Advanced Studies Summer Seminar, Bryn Mawr College, PA (June 2015). <>
  27. "Literature IN Economics, and Economics AS Literature I: Bastiat's use of Literature in Defense of Free Markets and his Rhetoric of Economic Liberty." A paper given at the Association of Private Enterprise Education International Conference (April 12-14, 2015) , Cancún, Mexico. <>
  28. "Literature IN Economics, and Economics AS Literature II: The Economics of Robinson Crusoe from Defoe to Rothbard by way of Bastiat." A paper given at the Association of Private Enterprise Education International Conference (April 12-14, 2015) , Cancún, Mexico. <>
  29. "The Liberal Roots of American Conservatism: Bastiat and the French Connection." A paper given to the Philadelphia Society meeting March 27-29, 2015 on "The Roots of American Conservatism - and its Future". <>
  30. “Reader’s Guide to the Works of Frédéric Bastiat (1801–1850),” Online Library of Liberty (July 28, 2015). <>
  31. “On the Spread of (Classical) Liberal Ideas,” Liberty Matters Online Discussion Forum, Online Library of Liberty (March 2015). <>
  32. “Negative Railways, Turtle Soup, talking Pencils, and House owning Dogs”: “The French Connection” and the Popularization of Economics from Say to Jasay" (Sept. 2014) <>
  33. “’Unfortunately, hardly anyone listens to the Economists’: The Battle against Socialism by the French Economists in the 1840s”. Paper given to the Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, 8 July 2014. <>
  34. “On Ricochets, Hidden Channels, and Negative Multipliers: Bastiat on Calculating the Economic Costs of ‘The Unseen’.” A Paper given at the Southern Economic Association, November 23-25, 2013. [PDF 725 KB <>
  35. “Frédéric Bastiat’s Distinction between Legal and Illegal Plunder.” A Paper given at American Philosophical Society, Seattle WA, 7 April, 2012. <>
  36. “Opposing Economic Fallacies, Legal Plunder, and the State: Frédéric Bastiat’s Rhetoric of Liberty in the Economic Sophisms (1846–1850)”. A paper given at the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia (HETSA) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, July 2011. <>
  37. “Reflections on Liberty and Power in Modern Art,” a paper given at the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Nov. 2010). <>