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Friday, May 25, 2012

Libertarian philosophy

D.E. Bishop suggests that I expound on Libertarian philosophy in her comment a few posts back. I think others are better equipped to do so than I am. I queried google for "libertarian books," and came up with a list.

1.    Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.
2.    For a New Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard.
3.    The Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman (Milton's son).
4.    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
5.    The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism:  The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand.

6.    Capitalism and Freedom and Free to Choose by Milton Friedman.
7.    The Law by Frederick Bastiat.
8.    In Pursuit:  of Happiness and Good Government by Charles Murray.
9.    Libertarianism in One Lesson by David Bergland.
10.    The Libertarian Alternative, collection of essays edited by Tibor Machan.

11.    The Free Market Reader edited by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
12.    Libertarianism by John Hospers
13.    The Freedom Philosophy, collection of essays published by the Foundation for Economic Education.

Of these, I recommend starting with Bergland's Libertarianism in One Lesson, first published in 1984, now in its 9th edition (updated to address issues that have risen since 1984).

Any of these is probably available on eBay for $5 including shipping.


D.E. Bishop said...

Well crap Bob. I don't want to order, pay for, and read a damn book. I'll have to think about this. Fook.

Bob Newland said...

I ordered, paid for and read damn books. About all I can do is quote them to support my beliefs.

I just queried google for "libertarian philosophy." That won't cost you anything and it returns quite a few promising references. You'll probably find anti-libertarian arguments among them, as well.

You also might try "libertarian philosophy on education."

DDC said...

Great list of books.

I'll add a few resources to the list.

The Learn Liberty channel on YouTube does some great short videos that tackle a great range of topics from a libertarian perspective. They don't get into specifics (they're mostly about 3 minutes in length), but they do a great job in showing common problems and presenting solutions from a perspective of more freedom.

The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank in DC. They break down a lot of policy stuff and get pretty in-depth on things on their website ( They also do a great daily podcast that takes on current policy topics in short episodes (usually about 10 minutes). has Milton Friedman's great PBS documentary based on his book of the same name (#6 on Bob's list).

Reason Magazine did some great videos with Drew Carey a few years ago explaining some basic libertarian philosophy. You can find those on YouTube and reason.TV

D.E. Bishop said...

Just got back from a long weekend. I will catch up with the information you have posted recently. (Thanks very much for that.) I'm sure I will have a few comments.