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BEST Libertarianism Books You Must Read

There are countless Libertarianism courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Libertarianism (Key Concepts in Political Theory) (2018)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadThe essence of libertarianism is the view that coercive political institutions, such as the state, are justified only insofar as they function to protect each person’s liberty to pursue their own goals and well-being in their own way. Libertarians accordingly argue that any attempt to enforce top-down concepts of social justice or economic equality are fundamentally misconceived. In this book, leading expert Eric Mack provides a rigorous and clear account of the philosophical principles of libertarianism. He offers accounts of three…
Author(s): Eric Mack

2. Getting Libertarianism Right (2018)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadUseful as a brief statement of where Hoppe stands on the most important issues within the libertrarian movement — and the most important issues of our age. Some regard Hoppe as the greatest living libertarian, others as the devil. The only point of agreement is that he is a thinker who cannot be ignored. #557,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #5110 in Political Ideologies & Doctrines (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Sean Gabb

3. Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (2012)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadHistorically, Americans have seen libertarians as far outside the mainstream, but with the rise of the Tea Party movement, libertarian principles have risen to the forefront of Republican politics. But libertarianism is more than the philosophy of individual freedom and unfettered markets that Republicans have embraced. Indeed, as Jason Brennan points out, libertarianism is a quite different–and far richer–system of thought than most of us suspect. In this timely new entry in Oxford’s acclaimed series What Everyone Needs to Know®, Brennan offers a nuanced portrait of libertarianism, proceeding through a series of…
Author(s): Jason Brennan

4. Libertarianism For Beginners (2016)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadLibertarianism isn’t about winning elections; it is first and foremost a political philosophy―a description of how, in the opinion of libertarians, free people ought to treat one another, at least when they use the law, which they regard as potentially dangerous. If libertarians are correct, the law should intrude into people’s lives as little as possible, rarely telling them what to do or how to live.A political and economic philosophy as old as John Locke and John Stuart Mill, but as alive and timely as Rand Paul, the Tea Party, and the novels of Ayn Rand, libertarianism emphasizes individual rights and calls for a radical…
Author(s): Todd Seavey, Nathan Smith, et al.

5. Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto (2015)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadIn this essential manifesto of the new libertarian movement, New York Times bestselling author and president of FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe makes a stand for individual liberty and shows us what we must do to preserve our freedom.Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is a rational yet passionate argument that defends the principles upon which America was founded—principles shared by citizens across the political spectrum. The Constitution grants each American the right to self-determination, to be protected from others whose actions are destructive to…
Author(s): Matt Kibbe

6. Libertarianism in a Nutshell (2016)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadHave you heard the word “libertarian” a lot in current political talks? Do you believe that the government isn’t designed to shape the way people live their lives? If you answered “Yes” then this book will explain how you may already be a Libertarian. Do you understand what libertarians stand for? Do you understand the Non-Aggression Principle? Do you think that we should be engaged in endless wars? Do you think that the government should tell people how to live their lives? Do you think the current Republican vs. Democrat political banter is actually fixing…
Author(s): Aaron Barksdale, Joshua Hardy

7. Libertarianism: A Primer (1998)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadTens of millions of Americans, from Generation X-ers to baby boomers and beyond, are rediscovering libertarianism, a visionary alternative to the tired party orthodoxies of left and right. In 1995 a Gallup poll found that 52 percent of Americans said “the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.” Later that year, The Wall Street Journal concurred, saying: “Because of their growing disdain for government, more and more Americans appear to be drifting—often unwittingly—toward a libertarian philosophy.” Libertarianism is hardly new,…
Author(s): David Boaz

8. The Virtue of Selfishness: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition (1964)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadSince their initial publication, Rand’s fictional works—Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged—have had a major impact on the intellectual scene. The underlying theme of her famous novels is her philosophy, a new morality—the ethics of rational self-interest—that offers a robust challenge to altruist-collectivist thought. Known as Objectivism, her divisive philosophy holds human life—the life proper to a rational being—as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man’s nature. In this series of essays, Rand asks why man needs…
Author(s): Ayn Rand, Nathaniel Branden

9. The Revolution: A Manifesto (2009)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must Read#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThis 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…
Author(s): Ron Paul

10. The Libertarian Reader: Classic & Contemporary Writings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman (2015)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must Read“The most magnificent collection of libertarian writings ever published” (Laissez Faire Books).An important 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. This is the first comprehensive anthology of libertarian thought—from the Bible and Lao-Tzu to Hayek and Milton Friedman—to be published in one volume. The 68…
Author(s): David Boaz

11. The New Libertarianism: Anarcho-Capitalism (2013)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadThe Ludwig von Mises Institute says (reviewer David Gordon): “…this remarkable book began as an academic thesis written in 1972, and submitted the next year for a graduate degree…The book is much more than an academic thesis, though; it is a distinguished addition to libertarian thought.” The late 1960s and early 1970s marked the first wave of the libertarian movement. Ayn Rand’s Objectivism had shaken mainstream philosophy with its core ideas. But Rand was a staunch advocate of limited government, a stance which distanced her from many of her own admirers and students, who saw…
Author(s): J. Michael Oliver, L. Neil Smith

12. Boundaries of Order: Private Property as a Social System (2009)

 BEST Libertarianism Books You Must ReadBoundaries of Order by Butler Shaffer is in that tradition, a completely fresh look at a marvelous intellectual apparatus by a mature intellectual who has been writing on law, economics, and history for four decades. It is the treatise on liberty and property for the digital age, one written in the Rothbardian/Hayekian tradition but with a unique perspective on how the great struggle between state and society is playing itself out in our times. What’s striking is how this is not a book that merely bemoans a bygone era. In fact, Shaffer’s view is that the state itself…
Author(s): Butler Shaffer, Butler D. Shaffer

Best Libertarianism Books You Must Read

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Against the Left: A Rothbardian Libertarianism

Author(s): Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.
ID: 2508715, Publisher: Rockwell Communications LLC, Year: 2019, Size: 282 Kb, Format: mobi

Governing Least: A New England Libertarianism

Author(s): Dan Moller
ID: 2797706, Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf

The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism

Author(s): Jason Brennan, David Schmidtz, Bas van der Vossen
ID: 2171292, Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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