A selection of books to take readers beyond the basics of libertarianism and into the philosophy and economics that provide its foundations.
Smith distinguishes “tolerating” religious difference from recognizing a genuine right to religious freedom.
The eight books on this list offer a thorough but accessible introduction to libertarianism.
Palmer takes on the misconceptions of individualism common to communitarian critics of liberty.
Mchangama argues for the necessity of the right to own not just personal property, but all property, including the means of production.
In response to the criticism that libertarians tend to be a somewhat pessimistic lot, Boaz explores the optimistic side of the growth of freedom.
Diversified knowledge in the modern economy requires relying on experts, but imbuing these experts with political authority has disastrous consequences.
In this excerpt from a 2010 debate, Palmer argues that you can have law, liberty, and order without the state.
Even when worthwhile, war brings terrible costs and must not be undertaken lightly.
Root tells the tale of several noted leftists of the ’20s who found themselves marked right-wing reactionaries in the wake of FDR’s New Deal.
Hentoff decrys that the growing lack of understanding among Americans with regards to the First Amendment leads to the abuse of rights.
Wilkinson responds to Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.
Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.
In this criticism of Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine”, Johan Norberg identifies common misconceptions about the nature of Milton Friedman’s libertarianism.
Logan criticizes libertarian hawks, not only for supporting anti-libertarian policies, but also for promoting strategies which encourage terrorists.
Nephrologist Dr. Benjamin E. Hippen critically examines the legal market for kidneys in Iran.
Boaz rails against the “cartoonish misrepresentation” of libertarianism in pop culture.