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 not? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
David Boaz is executive vice president of the Cato Institute. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer (an updated edition to be released in 2015 called The Libertarian Mind), and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in the Washington, DC, area.
This is a comprehensive guide to the origins and development of Libertarian thought, philosophy, and policy.Published 2 months ago by ChazPhilip
David Boaz provides an amazing collection of historical writings which explain the Libertarian themes of life, liberty, and property from diverse points of view. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jose A. Tovar
Boaz is a master at explaining the Libertarian point of view. I have seen him on Stossel and other TV shows and just can't get enough of his insight. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Trent Goldsmith
A fine intro to the universe of liberal (the real thing) thought.Published 6 months ago by Morris Szyslak
This book is an excellent compilation of highly varied readings which speak to the political philosophy of Libertarianism starting with I Samuel 8 pointing out the origin of kings... Read morePublished 15 months ago by recycledwords
I read this book in high school, I felt like it made libertarianism an accessible topic. It went a long way for me in helping me understand both the main viewpoints of libertarians... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Rachael
Very good source for the philosophy of Libertarianism. I am still reading it when I find time in the day.Published on June 12, 2013 by Kenneth Sicknick
It's not a lite read. More of a reference book with history, theory, and everything related to libertarian beliefs. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Patricia
Essential reading for those of us who want government out of our lives and the power to control our own destiny. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Steven