Québécois Libre is a libertarian webzine that was launched in
February 1998 by Martin Masse, its current owner and
publisher. It is published on the 15th of every month. It is not connected to any organization
and receives no funding. All its contributors are volunteers. Martin
and Gilles Guénette, its editor, take care
of the editing, the lay out, the correspondence and the
coordination of the magazine.
QL started out as a publication whose purpose was to offer a libertarian
viewpoint on Quebec current affairs. Its name is a pun on the nationalist
slogan "Québec libre": instead of promoting the sovereignty and
freedom of an ever larger and tyrannical Quebec state, its
goal was to promote the sovereignty and freedom of individual
However, its network of contributors and its readership
quickly grew to include French-speakers in Europe, as well
as English-speakers in North America and elsewhere. It now
has a North American and European section (distinguished by
the respective green continent above the title of each
article) and covers topics as varied as the origin and
interests of its contributors. It remains the only real
libertarian magazine produced anywhere in French, and its
bilingual and multinational character allows it to reach
readers all over the world. Its archives contain over 2500
pages, which makes
it one of the largest Websites in
Quebec in terms of content available for free.
QL promotes libertarianism and classical liberalism, that is, a philosophy
that sees individual liberty, the free market and voluntary cooperation
as the basis for social relations. It is opposed to state intervention
and to collectivist ideologies, of either the right or the left, whose
aim is to force individuals to conform to their values and goals (see "What
exist several libertarian and classical liberal schools of thought (Austrian,
Objectivist, neoclassical, minarchist and anarchist, etc.) whose methodologies
and conclusions differ on several points. The one that we favour at QL (but not to the exclusion of others)
is the Austrian school, whose main historical figures are
Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard and Friedrich Hayek.
mission is not to be a forum for debate among libertarians, but to offer
a wide range of analyses and commentaries so as to educate and inform its
readers who share the libertarian philosophy, and others interested in
discovering new ideas and perspectives. In short, to broaden the scope
of libertarian contribution to public debates and bring those ideas to
a wider audience. Although all articles share this general libertarian
or classical perspective, each author is responsible for his or her own
Jean-Hugho Lapointe, Georges
Lottieri, Shawn L.
Mac Farlane, David
L. Risi, Jérémie T. A.
Rostan, Daniel M.
Saucier, Chantal K. Saucier,
Stolyarov II, Damien
Vincent, Edward W.
guidelines and Readers’ Corner
QL welcomes new contributors and invites its readers to
send letters, comments and opinion pieces. Articles submitted
for publication should be written in proper English and
ideally discuss a topical issue from a libertarian perspective
in an original way. Articles normally have between 800 and
1500 words (2 to 4 pages), although longer pieces will also be
All correspondence should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
want articles published in QL to be read by as many people as possible.
Those who wish to print articles directly from the
Website and distribute them are
encouraged to do so.
For reprinting an article in another format or publication (i.e., another
Website, a newspaper, magazine, book,
etc.), our policy is that:
should first be obtained from us (write to
2) the article should be reprinted in its
entirety and without modification;
3) the source
should be mentioned (Le Québécois Libre, issue's number
+ date) with the Internet address of the magazine (www.quebecoislibre.org)
and the phrase "This article is reproduced with
permission from the author."