A guide to books on the history of liberty and libertarianism.
Aaron Ross Powell
Aaron Ross Powell is Director and Editor of Libertarianism.org, a project of the Cato Institute. Libertarianism.org presents introductory material as well as new scholarship related to libertarian philosophy, theory, and history. He is also co-host of Libertarianism.org’s popular podcast, Free Thoughts. His writing has appeared in Liberty and The Cato Journal. He earned a JD from the University of Denver.
A selection of books to take readers beyond the basics of libertarianism and into the philosophy and economics that provide its foundations.
A guide to the books and essays containing the most powerful arguments against libertarianism.
Big government makes it easy to forget what government’s for—and that allows state agents to get away with truly awful acts.
Cogently attacking libertarianism means, at the very least, wrestling with what libertarians actually believe.
Politics encourages us to dehumanize our opponents and, as a result, we dehumanize ourselves.
Politics is what you get when you add violence to discourse.
The virtue of humility is found in recognizing our limits—and that humility ought to make us libertarians.
The promises of politicians are like the promises of fad diets: too good to be true.
Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.
The democratic process can’t transform immoral acts into moral ones. Therefore, participating in elections entails signing your name to countless misdeeds.
Politics doesn’t just make the world around us worse. It makes us worse, as well.
We treat people’s political beliefs as indicative of their character or competence, but that’s often a mistake.
Markets are overwhelmingly good, but the results of market processes aren’t always good for everyone, in every instance. Pretending otherwise isn’t persuasive.
A tale of political violence and double-standards.
Good tech principles will become good governance principles, whether governments want them to or not.
Increasing the sphere of politics leads to bad policy and increased vice.
It’s not worth getting your hands dirty to do something so ineffective.