Here’s a list of books and articles about libertarianism which I recommend. I will be regularly updating the list.
- Walter Block — Defending the undefendable — a tale on negative social / economic issues with governments prohibitions. Block defends pimps, drug dealers, blackmailers, corrupt policemen, and loan sharks as “economic heroes”.
- David Bergland — Libertarianism in one lesson — the basics about libertarian philosophy.
- David Friedman — The Machinery of Freedom — utilitarian consequentialist view on anarcho-capitalism. David defends ancap because it is more effective, not because it is moral or something.
- Murray Rothbard — What Has Government Done to Our Money? — the not-so-brief history of economics in XIX-XX centuries. How central banks were created, how the gold standard was fucked up.
- Hans-Hermann Hoppe — Myth of National Defense. Book tells about inefficiency of states as security providers, historicity of the State, describes how state-less societies may defend themselves from states; private free-market defense / law production and debunkes myth that democracy is more peaceful than other forms of government.
Less interesting, but still nice books:
- Frank Karsten — Beyond Democracy — why democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to unrest, runaway spending and a tyrannical government.
- Murray Rothbard — The Ethics of Liberty. Describes ethics of libertarian philosophy, natural rights (freedoms). Contains a bit about rights of mother on her child and responses to consequentialist critics of non-aggression principle. Pretty similar to “Defending the undefendable”, although less interesting.
- Walter Block — The Privatization of Roads and Highways. Big (~1K pages) book about benefits & detailed description of how roads will function if they will be freed from government monopolies.
- Murray Rothbard — The Case Against the Fed. Tells history of americal federal reverse system, reasons of its shittiness and a bit more.
- Vadim Volkov — Violent Entrepreneurs: The Use of Force in the Making of Russian Capitalism (also in russian). Very good research of organised violence in post-USSR Russia, very similar to free market private defence agencies. Provides some insights and facts on how private law could actually work today.
- Heinlein — Moon is a Harsh Mistress — a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of the former Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth. Heroes want to build “rational anarchist” society. One of the most popular science fiction books ever.
- Alex Rozov — Meganezia (russian). Book series about a fictional future libertarian state Meganesia. The action takes place in the 2040-2050. All the books, except the first one are very large (~1.5K-2.5K pages). Contains a lot of interesting science fiction (esp. about space exploration and genetic engineering).
- Andor Jakab — This is why I don’t give you a job — a hungarian entrepreneur’s cry from the heart on the lack of freedom.
- Thomas J. DiLorenzo — The Myth of Natural Monopoly — facts on unnaturalness and ineffectiveness of “natural monopolies”.
- Left-anarchist critique of anarcho-capitalism — nice view of ancom on ancap.
Articles in russian
- Oetar — Insurance states: anarcho-capitalist model — neat cases behind the probable switch from classical states to anarcho-capitalist contractual society.
- Oetar — Authority as a commodity and its markets — small dive into the admitistrative markets theory with description of USSR’s authority market.
- Oetar — Comparison of monarchy and democracy. An essay on the subject of democracy, concluding with the belief that democracy is the primary cause of the decivilization.
- Oetar — The lame classical liberals — entry with critics of classical liberalism and its lack of elaboration as compared to libertarianism.
- Oetar — Alternative understanding of the state — great historic perspective of how people were able to choose their “state” provider in the middle ages and how the scheme was destroyed after the Peace of Westphalia.
- Oetar — Justice without state. How anarcho-capitalist model of private courts will work.
- Levenchuk — Providers of mobile statehood: small (1 page of A4) essay about contractual societies.
- Alex Rozov — Open the door, it’s military police!. Why pluralism is important.
- Nikolay Durov — Libertarian approach to pensions. Presents limitations of both unfunded and funded pensions in current world and the best resolution of the topic.
- “Libertarian” definition — good definition of who libertarian is in terms of freedom.
- Libertarian FAQ — 50+ good frequently asked questions about libertarianism
- Lowest common denominator of all libertarians — the common of ancaps, minarchists, randians etc.
- One more view on social darwinism — justifications of social darwinism.
- Thoughts on monopolies and trusts in free market — some logical considerations about reliability of cartels on free market.
- Agorist books — a list of literature on agorism.
- An interview with north-korean businessman — tells us that even repressive socialist state can hardly live without capitalism.
- The Coming Generational Storm review — briefly about USA’s economic future.
Anarchy, n. 4. a theory which regards the union of order with the absence of all direct or coercive government as the political ideal. 5. confusion in general; disorder. (The american college dictionary)
Government produces all order.
Under anarchy there is no government.
Therefore anarchy is chaos.
In Washington there isn’t any plan
With “feeding David” on page sixty-four;
It must be accidental that the milk man
Leaves a bottle at my door.
It must be accidental that the butcher
Has carcasses arriving at his shop
The very place where, when I need some meat,
I accidentally stop.
My life is chaos turned miraculous;
I speak a word and people understand
Although it must be gibberish since words
Are not produced by governmental plan.
Now law and order, on the other hand
The state provides us for the public good;
That’s why there’s instant justice on demand
And safety in every neighborhood.