Some of My Books, Papers, Talks, and Lectures

[Updated: 1 January, 2024]

RECENT BOOKS & ARTICLES | PAPERS |TALKS & LECTURES | Anthologies and Editions of Texts

Books, Book Chapters, and Articles

  • 2022 (forthcoming): Chapter on "Class" for The Routledge Companion to Libertarianism ed Matt Zwolinski (April, 2022).
  • 2019: “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.
  • 2017:
  • 2016: A revised translation of Molinari's "Eleventh Soirée" from Les Soirées de la Rue Saint-Lazare; entretiens sur les lois économiques et defense de la propriété (1849, in Panarchy: Political Theories of Non-Territorial States, ed. Aviezer Tucker, Gian Piero de Bellis (Routledge, 2016).
  • 2015: “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. Online <>
  • 2014: 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). Available online at the Institut Coppet. This edition was made from the original copies and scans which I organised and which can be seen here.
  • 2014: L'âge d`or du libéralisme français. Anthologie. XIXe siècle. Robert Leroux et David M. Hart. Préface de Mathieu Laine (Paris: Editions Ellipses, 2014). [facs. PDFs of 41 extracts]
  • 2012: French Liberalism in the 19th Century: An Anthology. Edited by Robert Leroux and David M. Hart (London: Routledge, 2012). [facs. PDFs of 31 extacts] -
    • my master collection [79 extracts] in French in HTML and PDF [12 MB]
  • 2011: The Collected Works of Frédéric Bastiat in 6 vols.
    • Vol. 1: The Man and the Statesman. The Correspondence and Articles on Politics (2011) [OLL]
    • Vol. 2: "The Law," "The State," and Other Political Writings, 1843-1850 (2012) [OLL]
    • Vol. 3: Economic Sophisms and "What is Seen and What is Not Seen” (March 2017) [OLL]
    • [I have completed work on vols. 4 "Miscellaneous Economic Writings" and vol. 5 "Economic Harmonies" but their future is uncertain.]
  • 2008: my contributions on French liberals to The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, ed. Ronald Hamowy (Los Angeles: Sage, 2008. A Project of the Cato Institute). [Now online - here and at]

[See the archive.]


[DMH on the road ready to spread the word (June 2007)]

[Preparing the soil to plant a tree of liberty (Nov 2021)]

[Interview about the Bastiat translation project (Nov. 2013)]

[David on his "Farewell to the US World Tour" (Jan. 2020)]

[David telling the Australian Austrian economists about how Austrian the French political economists were (Apr 2012)]

[Telling the Cato Institute the Good News about Bastiat (Oct. 2011)]

[See the archive.]

[The hat I wear normally.]

[The hat I wear when talking about Liberty Fund.]

[The hat I wear when talking to American conservatives (especially Trumpkins).]

[The hat I wear when talking to Australia "liberals" (LINOs).]

Talks & Lectures

[Giving a "provocative lecture" at San Jose State (Apr. 2011)]

[Lecturing at FEE (July 2010)

[Lecturing on the Higg's "ratchet effect", Belmont College, CA]

[See the archive.]

[Reminiscing about the Workers Party and the Australian struggle for liberty (Nov. 2011)]

My Anthologies and Editions of some Key Texts

[1st issue of JDE 1842]

[1st issue of Le Censeur]

2nd ed. of Bastiat's Oeuvres complètes]

[300+ Leveller Tracts]

I began this website with the idea of gathering in one place some of the key works in the classical liberal tradtion which were hard to find, particularly works by French classical liberals and political economists. One of my goals (in June 2010) was to put online as many of the volumes of the Journal des Économistes (1842-1940) as I could find, making sure that pages were not missing (a serious problem with Google Books in the early years). To date, the collection spans the years 1842 to 1889. This was done partly to assist me in editing and translating the collected works of Frédérid Bastiat and a key work by Gustave de Molinari. From there, the Digital Library of Liberty and Power has only grown. The aim is to one day have the texts in both searchable HTML and facs. PDF versions. Some of the more noteworthy collections in the Library include the following:

(1.) The French classical liberals and political economists. [Index page and Index page]

  1. Charles Comte (1782-1837) and Charles Dunoyer (1786-1862) -
    1. an anthology of articles from their journals Le Censeur (1814-1815) and Le Censeur européen (1817-1819) by Charles Comte, Charles Dunoyer, and some of their close collaborators
    2. their larger works on historical sociology and the emergence of free institututions
      1. Comte's major works Traité de législation (1826-27) and Traité de la propriété (1834):
        1. the 4 volume Traité de législation (1826-27) - vol. 1 [HTML and facs. PDF], vol. 2 [HTML and facs. PDF], vol. 3 [HTML and facs. PDF], vol. 4 [HTML and facs. PDF]; and all 4 volumes in 1 [HTML];
        2. and the follow up 2 volume Traité de la propriété (1834) [not yet in HTML; facs. PDF vol. 1 and vol. 2]
      2. Dunoyer's major works which are really an expansion of his ideas over a period of three decades:
        1. L'Industrie et la morale considérées dans leurs rapports avec la liberté (1825); [facs. PDF]
        2. Nouveau traité d'économie sociale (1830) [facs. PDF vol.1 - vol.2 ]
        3. De la liberté du travail (1845) [facs. PDF vol.1 - vol.2 - vol.3]
  2. Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912) -
    1. to commemorate the bicentennial of his birth and the centennial of his death I put together some anthologies of his writings (in French mostly, but some in English) with accompanying introductions. I wrote my undergaduate Honours thesis on Molinari back in 1979 and had hoped to see the transaltion of his pathbreaking book Les Soirées de la rue Saint-Lazare (1849) published in 2019 to also commemorate the centennial of his death (and the 40th anniversary of my thesis), but this was not to be.
      1. “The Bicentennial Anthology of the Writings of Gustave de Molinari on the State (1846-1911)” - the original 2012 version (French facs. PDFs only); the November 2018 version in HTML with my introduction to his life and work, “Gustave de Molinari (1819–1912): A Survey of the Life and Work of an “Économiste Dure” (A Hard-Core Economist)” [online], and the texts in French but the brief introductions to each text by me are in English.
      2. The Collected Articles by Gustave de Molinari from the Dictionnaire de l'économie politique (1852-53)” - The introduction by me is in English; the articles are in French.
      3. “Molinari’s Collected Writings on the Production of Security (1846-1901)" (Aug., 2019). A sample of these in English can be found in the Appendices of my paper “Was Molinari a true Anarcho-Capitalist?: An Intellectual History of the Private and Competitive Production of Security”, Libertarian Scholars Conference, NYC (Sept,. 2019)
    2. his great work on "anarcho-capitalism
    3. his multivolume works of historicl sociology
  3. Fréderic Bastiat (1801-1850) - after having dismissed Bastiat as a witty journalist but a light-weight theorist I came to change my thinking after starting work on the translation project of his Collected Works (2011-)
    1. The Oeuvres compètes of Bastiat (Guillaumin ed.) in French [HTML] with my arrangement of the texts in chronological order and a Reader’s Guide to his works.
    2. an anthology of writings by Bastiat on the State and Class with a lengthy introduction by me.
    3. his collection of anti-sociailist pamphlets written during the Second Republic
  4. The Guillaumin publishing firm and their wonderful Dictionary of Political Economy
  5. other French libeals and political economists too numerous to mention here

(2.) The Leveller Tracts Project

  1. Tracts on Liberty by the Levellers and their Critics (1638-1660). Over 300 tracts by the Levellers (both the better known ones like Overton, Lilburne, and Walwyn, along with many other lesser known ones) and their critics (both Parliamentary and royalist). A summary of the collection, and a chronological list of the texts. And two Anthologies of Leveller writings:
    1. Agreements of the People, Petitions, Remonstrances, and Declarations (1646-1659)
    2. The Levellers and the Origins of Anglo-American Constitutionalism

(3.) Other English and American classical liberals and radical individualists

  1. James Mill, The Political Writings of James Mill: Essays and Reviews on Politics and Society, 1815-1836
  2. 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
  3. The Works of Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) - in chronological order and with a thematic list of works as well
  4. Thomas Gordon, Political Discourses on Tacitus and Sallust: Tyranny, Empire, War, and Corruption (1728-1744)

(4.) Anthologies of Other Texts I created for the OLL from its collection (I do not know what their current status is)

  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) - based upon the Cato Institute's Pocket U.S. Constituion but with a broader scope.