Suggested Libertarian/Libertarian Leaning Books

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The Law by Frederic Bastiat (Contributor)

“How is it that the law enforcer itself does not have to keep the law? How is it that the law permits the state to lawfully engage in actions which, if undertaken by individuals, would land them in jail? These are among the most intriguing issues in political and economic philosophy. More specifically, the problem of law that itself violates law is an insurmountable conundrum of all statist philosophies…It applies in ever way to our own time, which is precisely why so many people credit this one essay for showing them the light of liberty. Bastiat’s essay here is timeless because applies whenever and wherever the state assumes unto itself different rules and different laws from that by which it expects other people to live…How is it that the strange idea of making the law produce what it does not contain – prosperity, in a positive sense, wealth, science, religion – should ever have gained ground in the political world?”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1609224.The_Law

 

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The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek

“The Road to Serfdom has established itself alongside the works of Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, and George Orwell for its timeless meditation on the relation between individual liberty and government authority.”

“One of the most important books of our generation. . . . It restates for our time the issue between liberty and authority with the power and rigor of reasoning with which John Stuart Mill stated the issue for his own generation in his great essay On Liberty. . . . It is an arresting call to all well-intentioned planners and socialists, to all those who are sincere democrats and liberals at heart to stop, look and listen.”—Henry Hazlitt, New York Times Book Review, September 1944

https://www.goodreads.com/…/299215.The_Road_to_Serfdom

 

 

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Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics by Henry Hazlitt

“A million copy seller, Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson is a classic economic primer. But it is also much more, having become a fundamental influence on modern “libertarian” economics of the type espoused by Ron Paul and others.

Considered among the leading economic thinkers of the “Austrian School,” which includes Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich (F.A.) Hayek, and others, Henry Hazlitt (1894-1993), was a libertarian philosopher, an economist, and a journalist. He was the founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an early editor of The Freeman magazine, an influential libertarian publication. Hazlitt wrote Economics in One Lesson, his seminal work, in 1946. Concise and instructive, it is also deceptively prescient and far-reaching in its efforts to dissemble economic fallacies that are so prevalent they have almost become a new orthodoxy.

Many current economic commentators across the political spectrum have credited Hazlitt with foreseeing the collapse of the global economy which occurred more than 50 years after the initial publication of Economics in One Lesson. Hazlitt’s focus on non-governmental solutions, strong — and strongly reasoned — anti-deficit position, and general emphasis on free markets, economic liberty of individuals, and the dangers of government intervention make Economics in One Lesson, every bit as relevant and valuable today as it has been since publication.”

https://www.goodreads.com/…/3028.Economics_in_One_Lesson

 

 

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Anthem by Ayn Rand

“Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand’s classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd–to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great “we” reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word–“I.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/667.Anthem

 

 

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The Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul

“This Much Is True: You Have Been Lied To

· The government is expanding.

· Taxes are increasing.

· More senseless wars are being planned.

· Inflation is ballooning.

· Our basic freedoms are disappearing.

The Founding Fathers didn’t want any of this. In fact, they said so quite clearly in the Constitution of the United States of America. Unfortunately, that beautiful, ingenious, and revolutionary document is being ignored more and more in Washington. If we are to enjoy peace, freedom, and prosperity once again, we absolutely must return to the principles upon which America was founded. But finally, there is hope . . .

In THE REVOLUTION, Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has exposed the core truths behind everything threatening America, from the real reasons behind the collapse of the dollar and the looming financial crisis, to terrorism and the loss of our precious civil liberties. In this book, Ron Paul provides answers to questions that few even dare to ask.

Despite a media blackout, this septuagenarian physician-turned-congressman sparked a movement that has attracted a legion of young, dedicated, enthusiastic supporters . . . a phenomenon that has amazed veteran political observers and made more than one political rival envious. Candidates across America are already running as “Ron Paul Republicans.”

“Dr. Paul cured my apathy,” says a popular campaign sign. THE REVOLUTION may cure yours as well.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2732513-the-revolution

 

 

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For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto by Murray N. Rothbard

“A classic that for over two decades has been hailed as the best general work on libertarianism available. Rothbard begins with a quick overview of its historical roots, and then goes on to define libertarianism as resting “upon one single axiom: that no man or group of men shall aggress upon the person or property of anyone else.” He writes a withering critique of the chief violator of liberty: the State. Rothbard then provides penetrating libertarian solutions for many of today’s most pressing problems, including poverty, war, threats to civil liberties, the education crisis, and more.”

https://www.goodreads.com/…/show/1268994.For_a_New_Liberty

 

 

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Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton Friedman, Rose D. Friedman

“The international bestseller on the extent to which personal freedom has been eroded by government regulations and agencies while personal prosperity has been undermined by government spending and economic controls.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/97820.Free_to_Choose

 

 

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Counteract by Tracy Lawson

“This book seems so real. The premise of this book seems like just another dystopia, but in truth, there are so many parts of this story that are grounded in modern society, and when you think of the terrorist threats that have plagued the world and compare it to the society in Counteract, the similarities are striking.”

This book depicts just how powerful fear can be…and how it allows an already corrupt government to take away people’s liberties all under the guise of protection.”

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22311987-counteract

 

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The Progressive Era by Murray Rothbard

Rothbard’s posthumous masterpiece is the definitive book on the Progressives. It will soon be the must read study of this dreadful time in our past.
— From the Foreword by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

The current relationship between the modern state and the economy has its roots in the Progressive Era.
— From the Introduction by Patrick Newman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36387450-the-progressive-era

 

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Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan by Scott Horton

“In Fool’s Errand, Scott Horton masterfully explains the tragedy of America’s longest war and makes the case for immediate withdrawal. I highly recommend this excellent book on America’s futile and self-defeating occupation of Afghanistan.” — Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower and author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

 

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In Our Hands: A Plan To Replace The Welfare State by Charles Murray

“America’s population is wealthier than any in history. Every year, the American government redistributes more than a trillion dollars of that wealth to provide for retirement, health care, and the alleviation of poverty. We still have millions of people without comfortable retirements, without adequate health care, and living in poverty. Only a government can spend so much money so ineffectually. The solution is to give the money to the people.”

 

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The Challenge To Liberty by Herbert Hoover

“This book is timeless. Almost everything in Challenge is applicable today. It also is a necessary source as part of a study showing that the blame for the Great Depression and World War 2 lay mostly on Roosevelt’s New Deal (although the book itself predates much of the New Deal and all of the second World War).”

 

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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

“This is a mystery story, not about the murder — and rebirth — of man’s spirit. It is a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense. Do you say this is impossible? Well, that is the first of your premises to check.”

 

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The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

“The primary threat to freedom and justice is not greed, or hatred, or any of the other emotions or human flaws usually blamed for such things. Instead, it is one ubiquitous superstition which infects the minds of people of all races, religions and nationalities, which deceives decent, well-intentioned people into supporting and advocating violence and oppression. Even without making human beings one bit more wise or virtuous, removing that one superstition would remove the vast majority of injustice and suffering from the world. ”

 

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