Conceived as the companion volume to David Boaz's Libertarianism,
this anthology comprising the likes of Lao-tzu and Milton Friedman is a treasure trove. That's because libertarianism touches on such important issues as the nature and extent of individual rights, the proper powers of government, and the virtues and shortcomings of the marketplace, and besides, it has tempted many of history's best minds. Pound for pound, the most impressive piece of reasoning here is philosopher Robert Nozick's attempt to defend a "minimal state, limited to the narrow functions of protection against force, theft, [and] fraud, [and] enforcement of contracts" and the view "that any more extensive state will violate persons' rights not to be forced to do certain things." Still, I wonder if Nozick has always turned down federal research grants and has always refused to pay income taxes, and if he hasn't, why
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About the Author
is Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute, described by Rolling Stone
as "the hottest thinktank in Washington." He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer.
His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post,
and the Los Angeles Times.
He lives in Washington, D.C.