There’s another Presidential debate tonight. More politicians or wannabe politicians talking about all the things they’ll give us—with others’ money of course. In celebration of this event, (not that it’s worth celebrating due to fact there is only one pro-liberty candidate in the running) I decided to post my top ten books about Liberty. I hope you enjoy and take the time to read some of them.
- Our Enemy, The State by Albert Jay Nock. This quick read spells out very clearly why the state is a problem for those seeking a free society. Nock also heavily influenced Rothbard and other heavyweight Libertarians.
- The Real Lincoln by Thomas DiLorenzo. This work blew my mind and changed my perception of “America’s Best President.” Much of where we stand as a country now, in terms of excessive federal power, stem from Lincoln and his ideas about what government should be. Oh yeah, he was a racist and had no regard for the Constitution. I wasn’t taught that in school.
- Theodore and Woodrow by Andrew Napolitano. A complete dissection of the roots of progressivism and how evil and authoritarian the followers of this brand of politics were. Forces the reader to rethink what he learned in school about certain Presidents.
- Socialism/Human Action (Tie) by Ludvig von Mises. Mises is considered a heavyweight in Austrian free market Economics and classic liberalism. Though these two books are difficult to read, the wealth of knowledge given to us by this master is worth the time put in.
- Man, Economy and State by Murray Rothbard. A disciple of Mises, Rothbard gives epic analyses of how the free market works, what motivates mankind and how government interferes with it. Easier to read than Mises.
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Rand and her writings have possibly turned more people to the concepts of self-ownership and entrepreneurship than anyone else. Although she herself was not a Libertarian, and possibly even spearheaded a cult movement, her writings should not be ignored.
- The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli. This book is the antithesis to Liberty. It promulgates the notion of the “noble lie”. It spells out how to be a dictator. So why read it? Because all modern political parties embrace Machiavellian thought about the populace. It’s vital to understand how the opposition thinks.
- Liberty Defined by Ron Paul. Paul takes on important issues and offers a libertarian response to subjects like immigration, gun control, war, privacy. Absolutely changed my viewpoint regarding politics.
- The Law by Frederich Bastiat. This quick read was recommended by Ron Paul for a book all people should read. What is law? It is force. Nothing more, nothing less.
- For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard. This book is a manifesto for the Libertarian movement. It defines clearly what the state is, and why a libertarian should work to limit or abolish it. Truly groundbreaking work.