- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,208 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 ›
1) High School Civic Students
2) Those Interested In Politics
3) Immigrants Becoming A U.S. Citizen
4) Anybody Not Included In The First Three Categories.
I've been familiar with Libertarianism for over two decades -- in fact, in '92 I voted for the Libertarian Candidates for President and Vice-President -- but I read this book for preparation on giving a speech on the subject for my Toastmasters Club. I'm glad I did. It helped cement the philosophy and confirmed I'm more Libertarian than either major party (though I will still identify as being conservative).
This book's organization is superb. David Bergland first defines his one lesson of Libertarianism: "You own yourself." He develops that lesson and its implications including a history of Libertarianism (which predates the party founded in '71, for which Bergland ran for president in '84) in the first six chapters. He then deals with how that philosophy impacts various aspects we face today including foreign policy, education, gun control, poverty, and the environment. He closes with a summary, including a comparison of liberal, conservative, and libertarian views.
There are two problems I have with the book. One is treating the words "conservative" and "liberal" as political terms instead of recognizing they are adjectives that can better be defined respectively as "traditional" and "progressive." The second is based on my theological views. From Biblical thinking, his premise is flawed: we don't own ourselves, but rather belong to the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Psalm 24:1). Both are minor points, even the second one -- the Lord owns us, not the government.
This book is short at 176 pages, so it's not exhaustive.Read more ›
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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
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
This readable book discusses Libertarian guiding principles in clear terms.
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