Libertarianism’s “Greatest Hits Album”

I would like to highlight a classic compilation of classical liberalism and libertarianism’s best writings, The Libertarian Reader: Classic & Contemporary Writings From Lao-Ttzu to Milton Friedman. The compilation is edited by David Boaz of the Cato Institute.

As the subtitle suggests, many important names are represented here:  Lord Acton, Frederic Bastiat, F. A. Hayek, Murrary Rothbard, Lysander Spooner, Ludwig von Mises, Isabell Paterson, Ayn Rand and even writers who some may unaware of like the Taoist sage, Lao-Tzu.

But the volume’s strength is not just the content — after all, much of this is available on the internet. What makes The Libertarian Reader really shine is how Boaz has arranged these classic and modern texts. The book is divided up into six sections that explore Skepticism about Power, Individualism and Civil Society, Individual Rights, Spontaneous Order, Free Markets and Voluntary Order, Peace and International Harmony, and The Libertarian Future, each complete with an introduction to the topic and why each piece is important by David Boaz.

A full listing of the excerpts included can be found here. You can order your copy here on Amazon for as low as $3.27 used.

It’s a great brush up for veteran libertarians and a great introduction for those newer to the movement who may be less knowledgeable about the wealth of author’s who contributed to forging today’s liberty movement.

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