Laissez Faire Books
From 1982 until 2007, Laissez Faire Books operated as a division of two separate non-profit corporations, the Center for Independent Thought from 1982 to 2004, and the Center for Libertarian Thought from 2005 to 2007. In November 2007, the bookstore's ownership was transferred to the International Society for Individual Liberty. In March 2011, Agora Financial acquired Laissez Faire Books.
LFB was founded in New York City in 1972 by John Muller and Sharon Presley. Muller, a civil engineer was the originator of the idea of Laissez Faire Books. Muller found the location for the Laissez Faire Bookstore and Art Gallery on Mercer Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, late in 1971. With Presley, a graduate student in psychology at CUNY Graduate Center, Muller mailed their first flyer to about a thousand people whose names they had compiled from their contacts around the country. The official opening occurred on March 4, 1972 and was attended by local libertarian writers and thinkers including Murray Rothbard, Roy A. Childs, Jr., and Jerome Tuccille.
In Radicals for Capitalism, a history of the libertarian movement, Brian Doherty writes "The store became an important social center for the movement in America's largest city, a place for any traveling libertarian to stop for company and succor..."
On March 17, 2011 Agora Financial, LLC, a major publisher of books and newsletters on economics and investments, announced that it had acquired Laissez Faire Books from the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL).
Fox & Wilkes Books
Laissez Faire Books used to have a separate book-publishing arm: Fox & Wilkes Books, named after two eighteenth-century British classical liberals, Charles James Fox and John Wilkes. Fox & Wilkes published the works of contemporary libertarian authors and reissued classic libertarian books that were out-of-print.
- Business Wire News Releases (2011-03-17). "Agora Financial Acquires Laissez Faire Books". Denver Post.
- Radicals for Capitalism by Brian Doherty, p.378. New York: Public Affairs Press
- Business Wire News Releases (2011). "Laissez Faire Books". Agora Inc. Website. "agora-inc.com/laissez-faire-books" is the link to the article. Not spam.