- Hardcover: 254 pages
- Publisher: Praeger; 1st edition (July 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0313377545
- ISBN-13: 978-0313377549
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"In Libertarianism Today Jacob Huebert draws on his mastery of libertarian philosophy, Austrian economics, and history, to show limited government, and free-markets are the only cures for the numerous problems facing our nation. Huebert also provides an excellent introduction to libertarian thought and a concise summary of the history of the libertarian movement. Anyone interested in learning more about the past, present, and future of the liberty movement can benefit from reading this book." -- Congressman Ron Paul
"If you want an unvarnished look at the libertarian movement, and care about the future of liberty, read this book." -- Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Founder and Chairman, Ludwig von Mises Institute
"Jacob Huebert has written an excellent overview of libertarianism today in his book of the same name. On everything under the sun he persuasively argues the libertarian position." -- Thomas E. Woods, Jr., New York Times bestselling author of Nullification, Meltdown, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
"Jacob Huebert's outstanding survey of libertarianism ranks as the best work of its kind since Murray Rothbard's For a New Liberty. Huebert navigates successfully difficult waters. . . . Huebert's book merits close study by anyone interested in libertarianism." –- David Gordon, The Mises Review
"Words fail me in my attempt to say how much I welcome this book. . . . This is a brilliant, magnificent book. It is the work of a libertarian genius, one who, happily, has many years, no, many decades, in which to make that signal contribution to libertarianism I have grown to expect from this young man. I am privileged and honored to be a member of the same libertarian movement as he. If the future of liberty is in the hands of young men such as this, I cannot help but be optimistic." -- Walter Block, Libertarian Papers
"I think there should be a guy carrying boxes of this book to every college bookstore in America. Give it out, loan it to your friends. . . . It's awesome." -- Scott Horton, Antiwar Radio
About the Author
Jacob H. Huebert is an award-winning attorney and adjunct professor of law at Ohio Northern University College of Law, Ada, OH. His writing appears frequently in newspapers across the country and in academic and professional journals. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Grove City College and a juris doctor from the University of Chicago Law School, and he is a former law clerk to a U.S. Court of Appeals judge. He is also an adjunct scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
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I have to say this book exceeded my expectations and is one of the better books on libertarianism I've read. Every chapter except one was surprisingly excellent.
This book isn't just another introduction to libertarianism, and you won't be disappointed if you've read a few other introductory books on libertarianism. I believe the author has picked his material so that this book is refreshing to the more knowledgeable libertarians while being an insightful introduction to those curious about the philosophy. The book is extremely well researched, concise and good enough for me to do quite a bit of underlining of. This book actually has a lot of material that is brand new to me - thus the title Libertarianism Today - not 10 years ago.
I only have two complaints about the book. The chapter which discusses the economy is the least good chapter in the book. It contains some helpful and interesting information, but I would read that chapter last. My other complaint has more to do with the way most libertarians define themselves, which I don't particularly care for. I suggest this author read Actual Ethics for a great definition of classical liberalism, and then if possible, write a new version of this book that takes into account a modified version of the Actual Ethics version of classical liberal as a better way of defining libertarian. This may not be possible, but I think the definition of libertarianism is not as strong at the definition of classical liberal as defined in Actual Ethics.
Thanks for writing such a great book Mr. Huebert.
Now, among these, Rothbard's FANL is a classic and stands out, of course. But FANL is more of Rothbard's own particular vision of libertarianism rather than a more comprehensive presentation of the views of the libertarian movement. And of course it is a bit dated by now, does not cover in detail topics that have risen to the fore in the intervening years (such as intellectual property, the Tea Party movement, nullification, etc.).
Given the rise of the Tea Party and the expansion of the libertarian movement in the last couple decades-and the inadequacies of other introductory books (each of them, other than FANL, has various deficiencies, although some of them are excellent and most of them worth reading too)-it was high time for a good, up to date new treatment. Huebert has done just this. I read the book in manuscript form well before its publication; I readily disclose I'm friends with Huebert. I read it with growing excitement. Here, finally, was a book that covered all the major issues, and from a solidly Austrian and anarchist-informed base-one that did not reveal (or feign) ignorance of various libertarian perspectives on issues such as democracy and decentralization and drawbacks of use of electoral politics or court battles. I've long maintained that an appreciation of Austrian economics is essential to sound libertarian theorizing; without it, there is always something missing; with it, a more integrated and coherent libertarian perspective is possible (and frankly I don't see how one can be an Austrian and not a libertarian, unless one is a misanthrope). Huebert's book exemplifies this strength in spades. He is thoroughly familiar with Austrian economics and intertwines it throughout his analysis. Let me also say, as somewhat of a specialist on IP related matters, that Huebert's chapter on this topic is probably the single-best concise overview and explanation of the proper Austrian-libertarian case against IP, and the related libertarian debates about this matter, that I've ever read.
The book is great for the intelligent person looking to learn more, but has enough insights to interest even seasoned libertarian intellectuals. This is one of the first books I can imagine giving to intelligent, almost-libertarian friends, who have some interest in our ideas (others include Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson, Rothbard & Rockwell's The Free Market Reader, Bastiat's The Law, Woods's Nullification and Meltdown). The book is punchy and well written, not boring; but it doesn't talk down to the reader either. It's got exactly the right tone, and covers all the major, modern libertarian issues-and fairly and objectively, to boot. It's going to be very useful and popular among seasoned libertarians; the growing young generation of emerging libertarians; and with potentially interested people among the civil libertarian left and among the anti-bailout right/Tea Party types. I highly, highly recommend this wonderful book.