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A fun introduction to libertarianism that's not a textbook,
This review is from: Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo (Paperback)_Bourbon for Breakfast_ is a fun introduction to libertarianism that's not a textbook. The book of approximately 350 pages is a compilation of articles from the past couple of years on sundry topics by Jeffrey Tucker, the Editorial Vice-President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Articles are arranged by topic and cover the following general subjects:
-Water and life
-Health and manners
The thread that ties the articles together is the libertarian lens through which the subjects are viewed. Says Tucker, "This book is about seeing that just because government mandates certain things and forbids others does not mean that we must follow or even tolerate the official roadmap for our lives." (p. 7) So whether commerce, crime, food, or other areas of life, Tucker reveals what the world would look like absent government sprawl. And let me say: Tucker has persuaded me (full disclosure: not a libertarian) that the world would be much better off. Whether that persuasion is a function of Tucker's cogency or the glaring incompetence of government, I don't know for sure. A bit of both, I suspect.
There is an obvious sense of humor in Tucker's writing and it makes for a fun read. In his article extolling the virtues of the garbage disposal, for example, he says:
"For years, I've reveled in it. They still don't have them in Europe, where things seem to have regressed since the Middle Ages when sewage systems became more common. Nowadays, the Euro-people commonly toss their trash in their own yards, and try to cover up for this primitive reality by calling it 'composting.' If you were a New Yorker before 1997, you were guilty of a crime if you used a garbage disposal. But the state finally relented and granted the freedom to grind." (p. 29)
Examples could be multiplied, but hopefully that whets your appetite for the book.
For folks seeking a fun introduction to libertarianism that's not a textbook, read _Bourbon for Breakfast_. It's even available for free online. For libertarians, I think Tucker's book will be a nice addition to their library.