My first thanks go to the foundations that overcame their sensible doubts and rashly decided to take a risk on an unknown author. The Earhart Foundation, under its president, David Kennedy, and program director, Antony Sullivan, have been outstandingly generous in their support over several years, and it is due more to them than to anyone else that the book is eventually seeing the light of day. The Lilly Endowment, through the good offices of Gordon St. Angelo, also provided substantial aid. The Center for Libertarian Studies, under the leadership of Joseph Peden, furnished the initial grant which enabled the project to get started. The Heritage Foundation, at the instigation of Richard Larry, helped with travel funds.
Several friends were willing to put their own projects aside in order to read the manuscript and give me detailed comments on it: my colleagues at Temple University, John Hasnas, who helped greatly with legal aspects of the argument; Michael Leeds, who took on himself the burden of seeing to it that my grasp of economics improved; Leonard Swidler, Sidney Axinn, and Daniel Bachman; Michael Kerlin of La Salle University, Philadelphia; Tibor Machan of Auburn University, and Fred Miller of Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Eric Cox, attorney in private practice, also helped with some of the legal material.
Thanks must also go to various groups that subjected themselves to listening to my papers on portions of the argument: the Philosophy Department at La Salle, the Philosophy Department II at Sydney University under David Armstrong, which raised some especially good questions, and then published one of my papers; the Religious Studies