What is a libertarian?
What is the role of government in libertarian thought?
Aren’t you just Ayn Rand cultists?
I saw the Libertarians during their conventions and interviews on TV- they seemed a bit… odd.
Aren't libertarians just conservatives who want to smoke weed?
What are the Iron Laws?
1. You get more of what you reward and less of what you punish.
2. Money and power will always find each other.
3. If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.
4. The less you know about something, the easier it looks.
5. You aren’t free unless you are free to be wrong.
6. Me today, you tomorrow.
7. Foreseeable consequences are not unintended.
8. Meaning comes from context.
*Do you have any idea how much these things weigh? A lot, that’s how much. They are made of iron, after all.
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What It Means To Be A Libertarian. Charles Murray.
A breezy little book that discusses the basic philosophy and practicality of libertarianism in a clear, common-sense way. The best basic what-is-it we’ve ever seen.
Knowledge and Decisions. Thomas Sowell.
This is basically Thomas Sowell’s doctoral dissertation, which analyzes what happens when authority is disconnected from consequence. Engineers will recognize some analogies to control theory.
The Road to Serfdom. F.A. Hayek.
Hayek’s classic warning about the futility of central control and the inevitability of tyranny under command economies.
Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Robert Nozick.
A rigorous philosophical examination of the imperative of individual liberty. Despite the title, Nozick’s arguments are directed toward the desirability of minarchy and why income inequality is actually a desirable result of free markets and unrestricted voluntary transactions between citizens. A counterargument is presented in…
The Ethics of Liberty. Murray Rothbard.
Wherein Murray Rothbard sets forth the argument that liberty can only be achieved by anarcho-capitalism.
Common Sense. Thomas Paine.
These days, people get uncomfortable when they read the powerful and direct words of one of the founders of the American nation. Good. The sentiments Paine expressed are universal and eternal, and are as refreshing to read today as they were in 1776.
Conscience of a Conservative. Barry Goldwater.
When one returns to this Barry Goldwater-branded manifesto of conservatism dating back 60 years, one cannot help but be struck by the strong thread of libertarian thought that pervades this book. One can also weep at what conservatism has become in the intervening years.