The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 19, 2010 - Political Science - 480 pages
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The first collection of seminal writings on a movement that is rapidly changing the face of American politics, The Libertarian Reader links some of the most fertile minds of our time to a centuries-old commitment to freedom, self-determination, and opposition to intrusive government. A movement that today counts among its supporters Steve Forbes, Nat Hentoff, and P.J. O'Rourke, libertarianism joins a continuous thread of political reason running throughout history.

Writing in 1995 about the large numbers of Americans who say they'd welcome a third party, David Broder of The Washington Post commented, "The distinguishing characteristic of these potential independent voters—aside from their disillusionment with Washington politicians of both parties—is their libertarian streak. They are skeptical of the Democrats because they identify them with big government. They are wary of the Republicans because of the growing influence within the GOP of the religious right."

In The Libertarian Reader, David Boaz has gathered the writers and works that represent the building blocks of libertarianism. These individuals have spoken out for the basic freedoms that have made possible the flowering of spiritual, moral, and economic life. For all independent thinkers, this unique sourcebook will stand as a classic reference for years to come, and a reminder that libertarianism is one of our oldest and most venerable American traditions.
  

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Review: The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to Milton Friedman

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A Great collection of essays and writings on liberty, and things like that... Read full review

Review: The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to Milton Friedman

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This book offers a foundation overview of Libertarian philosophy. This is your "go-to" book if you're seeking to expand your knowledge of individualism, free markets and other ideas that Libertarians espouse. Read full review

Contents

Samuel 8
5
Federalist no 10
13
What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear
20
More of the Same
28
The State
36
Selfinterest and the Constitution
42
Understanding Can Not Be Compelled
53
The Subjugation of Women
62
Two Kinds of Order
225
Made Orders and Spontaneous Orders
233
Economy as Ecosystem
243
PART FIVE FREE MARKETS AND VOLUNTARY ORDER
249
Society and Selfinterest
256
The Simple System of Natural Liberty
263
Socialism and Intervention
274
Redistributing Power
286

Associations in Civil Life
71
Man Cannot Hold Property in Man
77
A Human Being Cannot Be Justly Owned
88
Woman as a Moral Being
94
On Equality and Inequality
104
Private Prejudice Private Remedy
112
An Arrow Against All Tyrants
121
Justice and Property
135
Equality of Rights
142
The Right to Ignore the State
149
The Playboy Interview with Ayn Rand
161
Ayn Rand on Rights and Capitalism
169
The Entitlement Theory ofJustice
181
The Right to Do Wrong
197
PART FOUR SPONTANEOUS ORDER
203
The Man of System
209
The Use of Knowledge in Society
215
The Relation Between Economic Freedom and Political Freedom
292
The Market Order or Catallaxy
303
If Youre Paying Ill Have Top Sirloin
312
Commerce Is the Grand Panacea
319
Peace
327
Toward Strategic Independence
336
PART SEVEN THE LIBERTARIAN FUTURE
343
Liberalism in the Coming Decade
355
The Power and Poverty of Libertarian Thought
363
The Culture of Liberty
371
Governments in Decline
379
Paternalist Government Is Out of Date
388
Evolutionary Ecology
400
Government
412
Sources
455
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David Boaz is executive vice president of the Cato Institute. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer (an updated edition to be released in 2015 called The Libertarian Mind), and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in the Washington, DC, area.

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