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  • Stephen Hughes‘s article A Guilty Confession has a new comment 45 minutes ago

    I have a guilty confession to make: I have read no classic libertarian, an-cap, or Austrian Economic books in their entirety.

    Yup none, no Mises, Hayek, Rand, or Rothbard.

    I have read some really good [Read story]

    • There are libertarian classics to be read beyond the philosophy; they’re just beautiful pieces of writing. One example is Nock’s “Memoirs of a Superfluous Man.” Another is Rose Wilder Lane’s “Discovery of Freedom.”

      Jeffrey Tucker’s list of 25 books (found here at Liberty.me) is a great guide.

    • I will keep this in mind, thanks!

    • Fun!
      Have you read Ayn Rand’s Anthem?

    • No, but out of all the different “flavors” of Liberty, her’s interests me the most.

    • We have something in common. Personally I have a few books iv been meaning to get to but for the large part I think reading is overblown by most libertarians. If you spend about 5 minutes talking to one you will likely lean more than a few hours of reading depending on the subject.

    • Good, I’m not alone! I have learned that us libertarians are quite the vocal bunch! :)

    • You’re in good company.

      Jeffrey Tucker recently admitted that he has never before read “Atlas Shrugged”. He is currently reading it.

      And I have an embarrassing gap in my own reading – I haven’t yet read anything by Murray Rothbard, even though a good friend used to talk to me about Rothbard’s books 40 years ago.

    • Good to know! Rothbard is definitely on my to read list; what I wonder the most about him is how he finally arrived at Anarchism? (did he start with Austrian Economic theory and then that led him to Anarchism, or was it the other way around?) Considering that I am unaware of any libertarian/classical liberal/etc. before him that advocated for the…[Read more]

    • @rogerribuck I find Murray Rothbard to be a joy to read because of his style. I’ve read several of his books, but Conceived in Liberty was a particularly memorable experience because of the way he writes.

    • @stephenchughes The closest thing Rothbard wrote to a memoir — which answers a lot of your questions — is his posthumously published “The Betrayal of the American Right.”

    • Atlas Shrugged is definitely a must. read. It is an easy read and the 1100 pages will slip by and leave you wanting more!

    • Ed, you said that Atlas Shrugged will leave people wanting more. I recommend to follow up with Ken Krawchuk’s “Atlas Snubbed”, which both parodies Atlas Shrugged and continues the story. His book is a master work, really enjoyable to read. I would love for “Atlas Snubbed” to be better-known.

  • B.K. Marcus‘s article Our Nestor Taken From Us has a new comment 1 hour, 49 minutes ago

    Eulogy for Lysander Spooner by Benjamin R. Tucker
    From Liberty, issue of May 28, 1887
    On almost any day except Sunday, for as many years back as the present writer can remember, a visitor at the Boston Athenaeum [Read story]

    • I’m grateful that you reprinted this here. I didn’t realize that Tucker and Spooner knew each other so personally.

      What a giant Spooner was, the Rothbard of his time.

      I’ve got a 5 volume a Complete Works of Spooner that I’ve hardly put a dent in. This motivates me to get on it!

  • Jeffrey Tucker‘s article The Deeply Tragic Sentencing of Ross Ulbricht has a new comment 2 hours, 17 minutes ago

    [Ross Ulbricht’s mother will be on Liberty.me Live to talk with us on Monday evening.]

    If you didn’t know it already, the sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, life in prison, underscores the point. There are deep [Read story]

  • Jeff Berwick‘s article Do You Live Off A Pension? Not For Long! has a new comment 2 hours, 22 minutes ago

    ThumbnailOne of the most difficult things for me, personally, is seeing what is going on, knowing (more or less) where it is going and then talking to people who have no idea what is going on and are absolutely [Read story]

    • To call Social Security a Ponzi scheme is an insult to Ponzi schemes. In a Ponzi scheme, those who participate are voluntarily choosing to do so and they are not trying to subject the unborn to debt slavery.

    • Absolutely correct, Matthew Reece !!

    • Thanks for the article, Jeff. Just out of curiosity, how are self-directed IRAs safer from state confiscation than the traditional variety? I have considered transferring my pension to something I have more control over, but how would I keep the government from claiming, for example, my precious metals in an attempt to “shore things up”?

    • Most of the looming entitlement catastrophe is in the Medicare and Medicaid systems rather than OASDI, the “pension” part of the Social Security system. The healthcare-industrial complex is very powerful, but I expect the promises of healthcare spending to be broken first. We’ll see more rationing at the end of life where most of the spending…[Read more]

    • Fantastic article, Jeff, Thanks !!!

  • Dimitri Rastoropov posted an update 2 hours, 23 minutes ago

    Should we set up a company (non-profit or something similar) that brokers the relationship between men and women? The state is obviously doing a horrible and shitty job at that so why not do it through private enterprise? It wouldn’t be called marriage but I think it could successfully help both sides reach their aims, and help both sides avoid…[Read more]

  • Bruce Koerber published a new article, What Is Money And Wealth?, on the site Divine Economy Theory 2 hours, 46 minutes ago

    Money is merely a the means of exchange that overcomes the inefficiencies of barter, and wealth has to do with recognizing the inherent ‘attributes of God’ in all things and finding fulfillment in playing a part [Read story]

  • Jeff Berwick‘s article BREAKING: Ross Ulbricht of the Silk Road Sentenced to Life In Prison has a new comment 3 hours, 4 minutes ago

    A kangaroo court in the Fasco-Communist Police State of America, just now, has decided that a man who had never hurt another human being, who created a way for voluntary individuals to trade any item they wish in [Read story]

  • Daniel Rothschild‘s article The Myth of the Good Cop has a new comment 3 hours, 14 minutes ago


    Titling an article, “The Myth of the Good Cop” is bound to raise the ire of many people. Reading the title, I may be accused of lunacy and being prejudiced. How can I make a sweeping judgment about all cops [Read story]

    • It’s an interesting position. My argument against it would be that if the police officer’s job is to interpret the law can that not also mean they can arrest people who are not violating it because their conscience tells them it should be against the law?

      Like a defense lawyer or a prosecutor the police have a place in the criminal justice…[Read more]

  • Richard Masta posted an update 3 hours, 31 minutes ago

    I don’t necessarily “stand with Rand,” but let’s see. I’d go to the beach with him — I’d get tanned with Rand. I’d definitely split a six pack with him — getting canned with Rand. Maybe they’d throw us out of the beach — getting banned with Rand. That’s okay cos it’s really hot out, so we can go back to my place and cool off — I’ll have…[Read more]

  • Liz Jaluague published a new article, The Other Vancouver: Summer Tour Update #2, on the site Existentializm 3 hours, 47 minutes ago

    Greetings from the (other) Vancouver!

    I’m at the Libertarian Party of Washington State Convention, which will begin at noon! I’m used to dragging myself out of bed at 7am for events like this, so this is a [Read story]

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  • Phil Vallone posted an update 4 hours, 25 minutes ago

    What are your thoughts on Rand Paul? Is he the best hope for liberty and the libertarian movement as far as the Presidency goes? I saw him speak at a book signing in NYC this week and honestly see no better option for libertarian minded individuals until we see major election reform that gives a fair shot to more than two parties.

    • Oh come on. Not another person who is in favor (or even leaning towards Rand Paul). He’s a statist. Stop it. :P

    • @karazorel Can you suggest alternatives? I’m open to suggestions and discussions. But in the end won’t the President in 2016 either be a Democrat or Republican? Is he not the best choice of the options that we are currently faced with?

    • @philvallone Are you sure you’re in the right place? Do you even know what you’re saying? Liberty cannot be found through any government sphere. Even if Jesus Christ came back, ran for president, and won, there’s no way he could deal with the millions and millions of bureaucrats at the local, state, and national levels. There’s no way he could…[Read more]

    • @karazorel I am in the right place because this place allows me to have discussions with like minded people like yourself. Do I believe that one man is going to solve all of the problems facing our country? No and I agree with all of the points that you present from police brutality to Wall Street money in politics. But what you don’t do is…[Read more]

    • I’m of the impression that if Rand even says a few things liberty-oriented in the debates, millions of people will be exposed to at least one idea that is new to them and it could start a tidal wave, or at least a few small bumps in the water.

    • @philvallone You want an alternative? How about no government? That seems like the best alternative to me. We don’t need a centralized authority running our lives for us. We’re all adults; we can moderate our own behavior (and deal with others who fail to do so).

  • Winter Trabex posted an update 4 hours, 46 minutes ago

    Bacon. Bacon bacon bacon. That’s all there is to say.

  • Liz Jaluague posted an update 4 hours, 51 minutes ago

    I’m at the LPWA State Convention! Come say hi if you’re here :)

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