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Mark Koyama
Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Mark Koyama is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a Mercatus Center Senior Scholar. He is the co-author, with Noel Johnson, of Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom (forthcoming, 2018).

Written by Mark Koyama

Essay/
History
Ideas were not enough

Locke, Spinoza and Voltaire were all brilliant, but religious freedom in Europe was driven by statecraft not philosophy

Mark Koyama