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Book Suggestion (Libertarian)


Looking for a book suggestion on the advantages of capitalism, libertarianism and smaller gov't. I'd like to read one but I'd also like to eventually suggest it to my cousin who is in grad school and is reading books on Marx for class. He says it's for educational purposes only to understand his way of thinking but it is absolutely morphing his views.

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Ace Midnight
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Obviously Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand is a starting point.

Capitalism and Freedom - Milton Friedman

Anything on economics by Thomas Sowell

(I guess I would suggest the newest edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy as a starting point for Sowell on this topic, but really, just read everything by him on economics if you have the time.)



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SundayFunday
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Shogun - James Clavell

Very long and Complicated story but incredibly rewarding.

Half of the story portrays someone trying to gain absolute power through deceit, violence, and reaching out to the hearts and minds of unflinchingly loyal of people.

Now that I look back on it, the very end (literally the last few pages) reminds me of how Obama got Elected. I'll leave it at that and let you decide if you see it too if you read it.



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UGATiger26
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Capitalism and Freedom - Milton Friedman


Good one. Quick read too. Like 120-30 pages or so.






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I B Freeman
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Another great one from Friedman is "Free to Choose" LINK





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Gmorgan4982
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Obviously Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand is a starting point.
A starting point? That thing is like a million pages.

I like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.






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ragacamps
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Anything by Thomas Sowell





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RollTide4Ever
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"Race and Economics" by Walter Williams





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CherryGarciaMan
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Begin with the original: "Rights of Man" by Thomas Payne.





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LSUnKaty
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Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman is a book that had a strong influence on my life after I read it, but his Free to Choose is a more comprehensive text that covers much of the same ground.

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

The Way the World Works by Jude Wanniski






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Zach
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Why Govt Doesn't Work by Harry Browne.

It's an interesting format. Each section starts with a question, like "Why are public schools so bad?" Then he goes into libertarian positions on the topic.
He ran for President on the Libertarian ticket twice. He died about 5 years ago but the book is still around.






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Joshjrn
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Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt


This is the starting point. Written for the layman, short and to the point.






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DonChowder
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Confessions of an Economic Hitman. It's the very violation of the N.A.P.





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The Cow Goes Moo Moo
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That thing is like a million pages


Took me a solid 4 months to read that behemoth.






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PrimeTime Money
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If you want a good, easy to read book about economics, I suggest "How An Economy Grows and Why it Crashes" by Peter Schiff.

It's not a long book, and it's fun to read because it's written as an allegory and is illustrated.

It's also relevant as it talks about principles of Austrian economics, and then relates it to what has been happening in our economy today.

It is the easiest, and most interesting book to read on the foundations of free market capitalism, written by a libertarian.




Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt is also a good one. It's basic, easy to read, but is out dated. The book was written in the 1940's, but the principles still apply, and it's interesting to see how his arguments against big government, stimulus spending, minimum wage, etc. are directly applicable today. It's almost as if he could see the future.

It's a good read, but the reason I suggest "How An Economy Grows and Why it Crashes" is because not only is it very easy to follow and understand, but he relates the principles to what is going on currently with our economy. He talks about Obama, Bernanke, the Fed, etc. And the most important reason is that it is actually fun to read since it reads like a story. Most economic books are very boring, but this one was fun.



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Ace Midnight
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"Race and Economics" by Walter Williams


Thomas Sowell also has a book with this same title. Maybe Walter's title is a homage, or maybe there's just no other way to say it?






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mule74
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Check Cato.org

Cato is a libertarian think tank in DC and they are always putting out current papers and books.

Ben






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Joshjrn
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Took me a solid 4 months to read that behemoth.


I read it in a week when I was supposed to be writing my appellate brief 1L year of law school. Amazing what you can accomplish when you are procrastinating






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joshnorris14
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I haven't seen anything by Rothbard suggested yet, these are MUSTS.

Man, Economy, and State (Rothbard)
The Machinery of Freedom (David Friedman)
Money and Credit (Mises)
Human Action (Mises)
The Ethics of Liberty (Rothbard)






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