- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Advocates for Self-Government; 9th edition (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0975432648
- ISBN-13: 978-0975432648
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Libertarianism in One Lesson: Why Libertarianism Is the Best Hope for America's Future Paperback – 2005
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However, there are a few reasons I will not wholeheartedly recommend the 8th edition (2000) that I read. There are many grammatical and spelling errors throughout. It is hard for me to accept the ideas being presented if they are not presented in a professional and polished manner. For the 8th edition, this sloppiness is unacceptable!
Another problem I encountered with the text may have to do with the nature of the text. Since this book is an introductory look into libertarianism, it shies away from the controversial implications of the theory: if government intervention has such terrible results and unintended consequences in issues a, b, and c, then why do we trust it with the government monopoly on national defense or police? Bergland appears to be a minarchist (minimal statism), in the tradition of Ayn Rand, who believes that government should exist for two purposes: national defense and the protection of individual rights against other individuals.Read more ›
However, it is very dry and will not appeal to all. Those who couldn't care less about economics would not like this book. Granted, most Libertarians do care about them but that is only after realizing how economic liberty is really not separate from personal liberty.
I'd recommend this as a primer for those who are new to the movement but already consider themselves Libertarians. For those who aren't I'd recommend something like Harry Browne's Great Libertarian Offer, Virginia Postrel's The Future and Its Enemies, or a few current issues of Reason magazine to give you an impression of what Libertarianism, the politics of free minds and free markets, is all about.
If you are a libertarian, this holds many facts and quotes that you should commit to memory.
If you are interested in what libertarianism is, read this east to follow fact filled book with tons of references.
If you think you are not libertarian, get this book, read it and take the test and make sure you are not libertarian. I think you might find you agree with more of what Mr. Bergland has to say then you think.
This book is brilliantly crafted. With many additional resources listed at the end. The chapters are clear concise and really drive home the points.
If you have any interest in this topic, this book should get added to your reading list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my earliest introductions to libertarian philosophy/classical liberalism---and I haven't stopped exploring the subject for over 20 years! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sui Juris
A clear, simple explanation of what libertarianism is. People who have been turned off by the b.s. from politicians and the media need to read this!Published 17 months ago by James V. Halloran III
This book should be read by the following groups:
1) High School Civic Students
2) Those Interested In Politics
3) Immigrants Becoming A U.S. Read more
This is a great introduction to Libertarianism! I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to learn the basic arguments of Libertarianism, compared to a Republican or Democrat.Published on November 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Short well thought answers to many of today's pertinent questions. It is interesting how much most Americans don't understand the Libertarians point of view.Published on January 21, 2013 by Bruce T. Smith
When young I first registered Democrat. After my discharge from the U.S. Army in 1970 I registered to vote as a Republican. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Terenzu 4 America
David Peter Bergland (born 1935) was the Libertarian Party's nominee for the 1984 presidential election, and received 0.3% of the popular vote. Read morePublished on February 9, 2012 by Steven H Propp
This book by David Bergland is a nice primer on Libertarian principles for American government. Inexpensive and concise, it would make a fine addition to anyone's library.Published on October 30, 2008 by D.A. Antonie
In 1984, I had the distinct honor and privilege of reading the manuscript copy of the first edition of this brilliantly executed work. Read morePublished on April 18, 2008 by anarchteacher