It’s finally summer! Which means that we students have slightly more free time for pleasure reading. So why not spend that precious time learning more about liberty?
So here is “Aly’s Libertarian Must-Reads of 2014” (in no particular order):
1. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand
This is a collection of essays written by Rand or other Rand-inspired authors focusing on the moral nature of capitalism. It goes beyond arguing that capitalism is merely an economic function, but provides a moral defense of laissez-faire economies that completely severs the market from government.
I would particularly recommend this collection to all of you econ majors. I often feel that economics curricula speed through the morality aspect of the subject. It may just be the philosophy major in me, but morality is an essential piece of the freedom puzzle.
2. Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick
This is one of my favorites. Nozick outlines perfectly what a limited state should look like. His minimalistic approach addresses four responsibilities of government: to protect against force, fraud, and theft, and to uphold contracts. Simple and to the point.
3. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
Super easy, quick read for a pretty deep philosophical book. Mill really delves into the role of government, and the fragile relationship between liberty and authority.
I would especially recommend this to all of our drug policy nerds out there. Although it discusses the role of government as it is applicable to many areas of interest, the section “Applications” outlines the most solid argument for substance decriminalization/legalization that I have ever come across.
4. The Law by Frederic Bastiat
If you haven’t read this yet, log onto Amazon and order a copy immediately. The Law is a ridiculously short read that