Anthony Gregory

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Anthony Gregory (born January 3, 1981) is an American historian and author.

Gregory has published two books and is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of California, Berkeley.[1][2] He is a former research fellow at the Independent Institute, a libertarian think tank in the United States.[3]


Gregory's political views were influenced by those of his parents. His father was an anti-war conservative who voted for George McGovern instead of Richard Nixon because of the latter's support for the Vietnam War; his mother was an anti-Communist immigrant from Korea. Gregory says he became an anarchist in college, after seeing what he considered to be government bungling of its key function of national security during and after the September 11 attacks in 2001.[1]

Humane treatment of US prisoners[edit]

In an interview, Gregory identified prisons as an important political issue that libertarians at large have tended not to care about as much as he thinks they should.[1] Gregory's chief criticisms include the imprisonment of non-violent drug offenders, the imprisonment of innocent people due to low evidentiary standards, and the use of methods of imprisonment that are tantamount to torture.[4][5][6]

Foreign policy[edit]

On foreign policy, Gregory is a proponent of non-interventionism and is critical of neoconservatism.[7]

He has been critical of the Iraq War and other recent international war-like involvement by the United States.[8][9] Gregory's views on the Iraq War were included in a Reason Magazine summary of libertarian thoughts on the Iraq War 10 years after the beginning of the war.[10]

Gregory has been critical of conscription[11] and expressed skepticism of Andrew Bacevich's argument that conscription would reduce support for war.[12]

Free migration[edit]

Gregory has argued in favor of free migration[13] and also in favor of amnesty for all illegal immigrants in the United States.[14]


Gregory is author of The Power of Habeas Corpus in America (2013, Cambridge University Press for the Independent Institute).[15][16] The book was reviewed by Jonathan Hafetz for Reason Magazine,[17] Allen Mendenhall for The Freeman,[18] and Paul Gottfried for Libertarian Papers.[19] It won the 2013 award for best book on Law & Legal Studies in the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.[20]

He is also the author of American Surveillance: Intelligence, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment (2016, University of Wisconsin Press).[21] In his March 2017 article in Harvard's Business History Review, Josh Lauer summarizes the book's thesis: "Current battles over government spying are clouded by misplaced anxieties and misunderstandings—in particular, confusion about the essential function of government surveillance and the complex legal edifice upon which American privacy rights rest."[22]

Lauer notes that the book questions the ability of any purely legal reform to curb worrisome developments of the modern surveillance state. Lauer takes issue with Gregory's assertion that "[t]he predicament posed by the NSA, modern police power, and the modern administrative state’s multitude of intrusions into private life is not, ultimately, a legal problem. It is a cultural problem, posed to civilization itself."[23]


Gregory was interviewed by Washington Times writer Joseph S. Diedrich about his personal life and his vision for liberty.[1]

Gregory has also appeared on Freedom Watch, a show by Judge Andrew Napolitano hosted by the Fox Business Network.[24]


  1. ^ a b c d Diedrich, Joseph (2013-09-29). "Libertarian America: A conversation with Anthony Gregory". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  2. ^ "Anthony Gregory." Department of History, University of California Berkeley. [1]
  3. ^ "Anthony Gregory". The Independent Institute. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  4. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2013-10-08). "America's Prisons: The Worst National Disgrace". The Independent Institute blog (The Beacon). Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  5. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2012-10-03). "The Justice System's Imprisonment of Innocent Citizens". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  6. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2011-10-28). "Understanding the US Torture State". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
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  8. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2011-05-31). "What Price War? Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Costs of Conflict" (PDF). The Independent Institute (policy report). Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  9. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2012-09-01). "Book Review: The U.S. War Machine". Future of Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  10. ^ Feeney, Michael (2013-03-19). "The Iraq War: 10 Years Later: A libertarian forum on the lessons of the Second Gulf War". Reason Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  11. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2013-05-10). "The Draft Is And Always Will Be Slavery". Center for a Stateless Society. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  12. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2013-09-28). "Would Conscription Put the Brakes on War? Andrew Bacevich's new book offers a powerful critique of U.S. foreign policy—but the solution it proposes is no remedy". Reason Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  13. ^ Gregory, Anthony (October 1, 2004). "In Defense of Open Immigration". Future of Freedom Foundation. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  14. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2012-05-10). "Let Them All Stay – Amnesty, Now". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  15. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2013). The Power of Habeas Corpus in America. Cambridge University Press (for The Independent Institute). ISBN 978-1-107-03643-7.
  16. ^ Gregory, Anthony. "The Power of Habeas Corpus in America". The Independent Institute. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  17. ^ Hafetz, Jonathan (2013-06-18). "The Paradox of Habeas Corpus". Reason Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  18. ^ Mendenhall, Allen (2013-06-07). "The "Great" Writ: The Power of Habeas Corpus in America". The Freeman. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  19. ^ Gottfriend, Paul (2013-10-25). "Book Review: Anthony Gregory The Power of Habeas Corpus in America". Archived from the original on 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  20. ^ "The PROSE Awards: 2013 Winners". Association of American Publishers. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  21. ^ Gregory, Anthony (2016). American Surveillance: Intelligence, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment. University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 978-0299308803.
  22. ^ Lauer, Josh. Business History Review. Harvard Business School. Volume 90, Issue 4 Winter 2016, pp. 793-796, 794.
  23. ^ Id. at 795.
  24. ^ "Anthony Gregory on Liberals vs Libertarians". Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox Business Network. Retrieved 2013-10-26.

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