• “The philosophy of this book could be described as anarcho-Objectivist. Influenced most prominently by Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand and anarcho-capitalists such as Murray N. Rothbard and Roy A. Childs, Jr., this book shows how anarchism is not in conflict with Objectivism at all. If Rothbard presents the consistently-Lockean perspective t…[Read more]

  • “EL MERCADO PARA LA LIBERTAD” (“The Market for Liberty”) – Spanish Edition –
    Foreword by Jorge Trucco (English translation)

    Having witnessed throughout my life the political events and the persistent and increasing decay of Argentina’s society in all aspects, I dedicated many years to finding an answer to my question: “why”? All sorts of answ…[Read more]

  • “THE MARKET FOR LIBERTY” by Morris & Linda Tannehill –
    Foreword by Karl Hess (Second Edition, November of 1984).

    The most interesting political questions throughout history have been whether or not humans will be ruled or free, whether they will be responsible for their actions as individuals or left irresponsible as members of society, and w…[Read more]

  • THE MARKET FOR LIBERTY – FOREWORD BY JOEL BOWMAN

    It is at times useful to imagine how a truly laissez-faire society, one entirely emancipated from the shackles of state coercion, might exist and operate. Morris and Linda Tannehill examine this very idea in The Market for Liberty: Is Government Really Necessary?

    The Market for Liberty imagines a…[Read more]

  • “THE MARKET FOR LIBERTY” by Morris & Linda Tannehill
    Introduction by Doug Casey (1984 edition)

    Ideas are the force which shape history and, most importantly, the lives of the individuals who make it happen. Books are the main transmitters of ideas. Morris and Linda Tannehill’s The Market for Liberty has shaped my thinking, and someday I hope…[Read more]

  • “THE MARKET FOR LIBERTY” by Morris & Linda Tannehill –
    EDITORIAL PREFACE BY JEFFREY A. TUCKER –

    Some great books are the product of a lifetime of research, reflection, and discipline. Others are written during a moment of passionate discovery, with prose that shines forth like the sun when new understanding first brings the world into focus.…[Read more]

  • “The Market For Liberty” –

    Chapter 16: The Force Which Shapes The World –

    But a discussion of how government could be dismantled and how free men could then build a laissez-faire society out of the pieces still doesn’t answer the question, “How do we get there?” Politicians are politicians because they enjoy wielding power over others and be…[Read more]

  • PART III

    HOW DO WE GET THERE?

    “If the revolution comes by violence, and in advance of light, the old struggle will have to be begun again.”

    —Benjamin R. Tucker.

    Chapter 15

    From Government to Laissez Faire

    The prospect of real freedom in a laissez-faire society is a dazzling one, but how can such a society ever be brought about? Throu…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 14 –

    The Abolition of War

    A few hundred years ago, the devastation of periodic plagues and famines was unthinkingly accepted as a normal and inescapable part of human existence—they were held to be either visitations from an indignant God or nature’s means of wiping out “excess population.” Today, in spite of t…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 13

    Foreign Aggression

    Many people ask, “But how in the world could a laissez-faire society deal with aggression by foreign nations, since it would have no government to protect it?” Behind this question are two unrealized assumptions: first, that government is some sort of extra-societal entity with res…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 12

    Legislation and Objective Law

    It has been objected by advocates of government that a laissez-faire society, since it would have no legislative mechanism, would lack the objective laws necessary to maintain social order and justice. This is to assume that objective law is the product of the deliberations of…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 11

    Warring Defense Agencies and Organized Crime

    Some opponents of a laissez-faire society have contended that, because a governmentless society would have no single, society-wide institution able to legitimately wield superior force to prevent aggression, a state of gang warfare between defense agencies wou…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chaptern 10

    Rectification of Injustice

    Since aggression would be dealt with by forcing the aggressor to repay his victim for the damage caused (whenever the use of force was required), rather than by destroying values belonging to the aggressor, the free market would evolve a reparations-payment system vastly superior…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 9

    Dealing With Coercion

    Throughout history, the means of dealing with aggression (crime) has been punishment. Traditionally, it has been held that when a man commits a crime against society, the government, acting as the agent of society, must punish him. However, because punishment has not been based on the…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 8

    Protection of life and property

    Because man has a right to life, he has a right to defend that life. Without the right to self-defense, the right to life is a meaningless phrase. If a man has a right to defend his life against aggression, he also has a right to defend all his possessions, because these…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 7

    Arbitration of Disputes

    Whenever men have dealings with one another, there is always a chance for disagreements and disputes to arise. Even when there has been no initiation of force, two persons can disagree over such matters as the terms and fulfillment of a contract or the true title to a piece of…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 6

    Property—The Great Problem Solver

    Most social problems which perplex national leaders could be solved fairly simply by an increase in the amount and type of property owned. This would entail the equally important, general recognition that ownership is and must be total, rather than merely a governmental p…[Read more]

    • Definitely a book that is now on my reading least. I look forward to reading all of this soon but am very busy this week. I should be able to get to this by Saturday tho. Thanks for your contribution in advance. Definitely in my area of interest.

    • @roninjones You’re very welcome! Cheers!

    • “Conflicting claims would be settled by bringing them before private arbitration agencies for binding arbitration. Since neither disputant would be able to sell the land, have much chance of renting it or even any security of possession so long as his claim was in dispute, both parties would be impelled to bring the matter to arbitration. The…[Read more]

    • @fritzrun1915 Absolutely not. A man who contracts to abide by the results of arbitration is someone that consents arbitration. So here is the element of consent, a contract is a voluntary agreement between parties.
      Plus, the arbitration agency here is a private agency competing in a free market, therefore it cannot prevent competition (like…[Read more]

    • @coquitru It would still required self enforcement and I do not see how that can always go in a positive way. We had something similar in the “Wild West” and it did not always work out well.

    • @fritzrun1915
      The first important thing is that it is totally moral. There is no coercion involved. If a man violates a right or a contract and the arbitration agency makes a decision (whatever that decision is), the decision is binding to the man because the contract he chose to sign is binding. If he refuses to pay reparations or if he tries to…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 5

    A Free and Healthy Economy
    Imagine a feudal serf, legally bound to the land he was born on and to the social position he was born into, toiling from dawn to dusk with primitive tools for a bare subsistence which he must share with the lord of his manor, his mental processes enmeshed with fears and…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 4

    Government—An Unnecessary Evil
    Because the weight of governmental power has such influence on the structure and functioning of any society, ideas concerning social organization have typically centered on the structure of the proposed society’s government. Most “social thinkers,” however, have taken governm…[Read more]

  • “The Market for Liberty”

    Chapter 3

    The Self-Regulating Market

    Government bureaucrats and their allies among the currently influential opinion-molders have made a practice of spreading misinformation about the nature of a free market. They have accused the market of instability and economic injustice and have misrepresented it as the origin of…[Read more]