Find out more about The Libertarian Reader by David Boaz at Simon & Schuster. Read book reviews & excerpts, watch author videos & more. In The Libertarian Reader, David Boaz has collected some of the finest libertarian writings ever penned. This is the first comprehensive anthology of libertarian. Cato’s executive vice president David Boaz is a provocative commentator on a broad range of political and cultural issues; he has played a key.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The first collection of seminal writings on a movement that is rapidly changing the face of American politics, The Libertarian Reader links some of the most fertile minds of our time to a centuries-old commitment to freedom, self-determination, and opposition to intrusive government.
O’Ro The first collection of seminal writings on a movement that is rapidly changing the face of American politics, The Libertarian Reader links some of the most fertile minds of our time to a centuries-old commitment to freedom, self-determination, and opposition to intrusive government.
O’Rourke, libertarianism joins a continuous thread of political reason running throughout history. Writing in about the large numbers of Americans who say they’d welcome a third party, David Broder of The Washington Post commented, “The distinguishing characteristic of these potential independent voters—aside from their disillusionment with Washington politicians of both parties—is their libertarian streak.
They are skeptical of the Democrats because they identify them with big government. They are wary of the Republicans because of the growing influence within the GOP of the religious right. These individuals have spoken out for the basic freedoms that have made possible the flowering of spiritual, moral, and economic life. For all independent thinkers, this unique sourcebook will stand as a classic reference for years to come, and a reminder that libertarianism is one of our oldest and most venerable American traditions.
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Lists with This Book. Jun 29, Angel rated it it libertadian ok Shelves: I am not rating it low because it was a bad book. I am glad to have read through it because it gave me some exposure to ideas I do not often get exposed to. These days, it is very hard to tell apart conservatives, libertarians, classical liberals, and other labels.
If you want to get a good sampling of what it is to be libertarian and what readings and authors helped to create and influence libertarianism, biaz this is a good primer to go. It contains a selection of short pieces by writers inclu I am not rating it low because it was a bad book. It contains a selection of short blaz by writers including but not limited to Friedman, Locke, Paine, von Mises, and Mencken. So, there are the authors you would expect, but there are also some you may not think of as libertarians right away.
The book is organized by themes, which I think may help some readers find what they may be really interested in, say “individual rights” part 3 or “free markets and voluntary order” part 5.
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I would say this is a book to pick up, read a bit here, another bit there. It is not really a book to read cover to cover. Some of the essays can be a bit dry and the prose a bit thick. So, take it small doses, and as a reader, that was why I gave it the two stars.
This is not a book that will take off when you get to it. But, with an open mind and going a little at a time, you may learn a thing or two.
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If you want exposure to the ideas, but you don’t want to go find the full works of these authors and thinkers, this is the book for you. However, if you do feel encouraged to read more from these authors and thinkers, that can only be a good thing. I think this, along with similar books on other political ideas, belongs in every library, especially public libraries and then academic libraries.
Aug 05, Michael Scott rated it really liked it. This book offers a foundation overview of Libertarian philosophy. This is your “go-to” book if you’re seeking to expand your knowledge of individualism, free markets and other ideas that Libertarians espouse. Absolutely nothing bad to say about the book. Short writings from people who are smarter than you. Jul 28, Bryant added it.
This book is, simply put, nothing less than brilliant. Both easily accessible for those unfamiliar with the philosophical foundations of liberty and comprehensive enough to satisfy more experienced readers, this volume of essays and selections covers a host of critical topics such as spontaneous order and individual rights.
Many of the authors are those one might expect to see, such as Milton Friedman, Frederick Hayek, and John Locke, but I was particularly surprised to discover brief selections This book is, simply put, nothing less than brilliant.
Many of the authors are those one might expect to see, such as Milton Friedman, Frederick Hayek, and John Locke, but I was particularly surprised to discover brief selections from Lao-Tzu and the Bible. Though no one book could possibly cover the entire depth and breadth of libertarian thought, The Libertarian Reader is a commendable effort.
A thorough overview of libertarian thought and development; I will be adding books written by many of the essay writers to my reading list notably Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia.
Herbert Spencer’s essay “The Right to Ignore the State” was particularly inspiring; but in all, a great book for anyone curious about the traditions, philosophy, nature, and consequences of liberty. Jun 30, Jennifer Townsend rated it really liked it. Excellent selection of essays on Libertarianism, if perhaps a bit too focused on the market.
Also surprising was biaz lack of any specific Ayn Rand essay, just the Playboy interview with her and an analysis on her views. Boaz’s reasoning for not including any of her specific work seemed weak to me, and I hope in future editions he reconsiders.
Jul 16, Randy rated it it was ok Shelves: This book for me is an excellent reference with a thorough sample of all the libertarian thinkers over the centuries.
I find reading 18th and 19th century writings difficult and therefore some essays are a chore.
A bibliography and index would be advantageous. Nov 30, Ambrose Miles rated it liked it. Apparently politics is not one of my strong suits.
I slogged along trying to stay interested and awake. Lots of good stuff here for someone else. Apr 21, Ronaldparlato marked it as to-read. I have picked this book out of ligertarian, just to highlight the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank in Washington www.
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Cato is not, as many think, to the far right of the Far Right. On the contrary it holds many positions free speech, civil liberties, privacy, anti-war that are those of Liberals. Libertarian thought is based on two principles: This last is important for the misunderstanding it has gener I have picked this book out of many, just to highlight the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank in Washington www.
This last is important for the misunderstanding it has generated. Cato believes that there many in fact be many roles for government; however, one must objectively demonstrate that they are the ONLY vehicle through which specified products and services can be delivered.
I received this book as a Good Reads first read. I didn’t read this cover to cover but I skimmed through and read many of the essays. It’s a good mix of essays of varying length. Everything is short enough that you can get the point of the essay without being lost in the terminology or politics. You won’t get weighed down with dry, heavy language. This book is designed to be I received this book as a Good Reads first read.
This book is designed to be easy to read and to get the point across while keeping your attention. Sep 13, Heather marked it as to-read. Sorry to disappointment Mr. Boaz, but I’m putting this book back on the “read someday if I feel like it” shelf. Brandon told me the highlights, and my pile of books that are due soon at the library is just too high to take time to read this right now.
A great introduction to Libertarian thinking From Adam Smith to Friedman, dozens of writings present the cornerstones of libertarianism: Life, Liberty and Property. Also useful are the recommended readings. Sep 23, Craig Bolton rated it liked it. Dec 12, Jeffrey added it. It is actually a collection essays from clasical and contemporary thinkers on issues such as, markets, liberty and freedoms.
Jan 24, Erik rated it liked it. Still slogging my way through. More a collection of short essays all separated into chapters with a common theme. I’m trying to understand the past so I can figure out the future. Dec 17, Johnny rated it really liked it.
Wesley Mehl rated it it was amazing Jun 04, Adam rated it really liked it May 28, William Wehling rated it it was amazing Oct 27, W M rated it it was amazing May 12, Jay rated it it was amazing Aug 27,