"Tom Palmer has the ability to make the complex understandable and to go to the heart of the most difficult problems. He is a valuable resource for journalists and others in search of historical and economic scholarship and philosophical insight, especially about the impact of government intervention and the reasons for respecting the freedom and responsibility of individuals."
"Much of this book is devoted to lively defenses of classical liberal and libertarian rights theory against critics and false friends of many sorts. Even more interesting than these sharp rejoinders, though, is Palmer's reframing and recharacterization of that rights theory. Drawing on his extraordinary interdisciplinary learning, Palmer offers a sociologically, institutionally, and historically informed libertarianism--one that is true to the rich legacy and tradition of classical liberalism."
—JACOB T. LEVY
Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, McGill University; author, The Multiculturalism of Fear
"Tom Palmer has been one of liberty's most eloquent and learned spokespersons for many years. It is a joy to have so many of his lucid, readable, and trenchant essays, written over most of those years, between one set of covers. The essays are independent of each other, enough so that you can sit down and read one here, one there, without needing to know also the hundred or two hundred pages in between. Whatever sort of essay you pick, I guarantee you a good read."
University of Waterloo; author, You and the State: A Short Introduction to Political Philosophy and The Libertarian Idea
"Tom Palmer has been long involved in fighting the battle of ideas; in confronting collectivism, extensive government intervention, and the suppression of human freedom and economic prosperity. This book should be read by all who care about freedom. It is important to remind each generation that freedom can never be taken for granted. Collectivist, anti-libertarian ideologies did not cease to exist at the moment the Iron Curtain fell."
President of the Czech Republic
This is the best book about libertarianism that I have read as of yet.
In an included book review, Palmer assesses an attempt to hijack the term "libertarian" by a proponent of "radically egalitarian redistribution."
This collection of essays provides a unique and insightful perspective on classical liberalism.
This is the best book about libertarianism that I have read as of yet. My only word of caution is that it is very scholarly, with many footnotes, and may not be for the layman. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jeffrey Newholm
You can read it straight through or select sections. Great for an overview or for a refresher on more specifics. Should be required text to balance opinion that is out there. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trent Goldsmith
I am always looking to learn more about the ideas of liberty and thought this book would continue my knowledge, and it has. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Otis
Liberty is hard to describe to modern Americans. Tom Palmer does it well. I would give his book five stars for excellent content, but subtract one for its being a collection of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by John Ames
Tom Palmer's basic thrust is that the intellectual foundations of the American Republic (as well as other efforts at limited government such as the Roman Republic and the Magna... Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by William Whipple III
Cannot say enough good about this book. What's especially valuable in it is all the historical references and the clear delineation of the roots of classical liberal, libertarian... Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Tibor R. Machan
Dr. Palmer's book is a great account of libertarianism. The collection of essays on a wide variety of topics, show the author's profound knowledge of the many issues libertarian... Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by Nicolas Bas
Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice will be an outstanding addition to every scholar of liberty's list of classical texts. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Alex Korbel