Reading List — Libertarian Right

If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose — because it contains all the others — the fact that they were the people who created the phrase ‘to make money’. Ayn Rand

Thomas E. Woods

Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

Thomas E. Woods

A Libertarian take on the crash, with a foreword by Ron Paul.

David Boaz

Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Democracy – The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order

Hans-Hermann Hoppe

History from absolute monarchies to democracy. The author, while no monarchist, prefers the former.

Ron Paul

Pillars of Prosperity

Ron Paul

A collection of Paul’s speeches and writings over the last 30 years, with the emphasis on economics.

Robert Nozick

Benjamin R.Tucker

Instead of a Book by a Man Too Busy to Write One

Benjamin R.Tucker

Important work from this Nineteenth century libertarian who opposed all forms of communism.

Milton Friedman

Nobel Economics prizewinner — but widely read among non-academics

Capitalism and Freedom

Milton Friedman

The only social responsibility of a corporation is to deliver a proft to its shareholders

Richard J. Maybury

Whatever Happened to Justice?

Richard J. Maybury

Examines faults in America’s legal and economic system and offers solutions on how to remedy them.

The Money Mystery

Richard J. Maybury

Widely praised work by one of America’s most respected business analysts.

Jonah Goldberg

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning

Jonah Goldberg

A thought-provoking thesis that asserts liberalism’s connections with fascism in both the past and present.

Jagdish Bhagwati

In Defense of Globalization: With a New Afterword

Jagdish Bhagwati

Argues that properly governed globalisation can be a force for social good in the world.

Joseph Stiglitz

Globalisation and its Discontents

Joseph Stiglitz

Nobel prize winner and former Chief Economist at the World Bank, Stiglitz had a unique insider’s view into globalisation. Now he speaks out against it, while arguing that it can still be a force for good — with radical changes to the balance of power.

Thomas L. Friedman

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Thomas L. Friedman

Well written unfettered enthusiasm for unfettered market forces; especially of interest to IT professionals.

Ludwig Von Mises

The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality

Ludwig Von Mises

Von Mises, who has championed the free market probably more deeply than any other thinker, argues that people whose ambitions haven’t been fulfilled blame the System.

Frédéric Bastiat

The Law

Frédéric Bastiat

Much admired 19th Century French statesman and essayist advocates free trade and warns of the dangers of socialism.

Henry Hazlitt

Economics in One Lesson

Henry Hazlitt

Former Newsweek columnist and favourite of the US Libertarian Party sets out the case for unfettered market forces as the means of achieving social and economic progress.

Murray Rothbard

Irrepressible Rothbard

Murray Rothbard

Collection of passionately argued essays by U.S. free market icon

On the free market, everyone earns according to his productive value in satisfying consumer desires. Under statist distribution, everyone earns in proportion to the amount he can plunder from the producers.

P J O’Rourke

Ayn Rand

… whose works of non-fiction, and novels like The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, voiced her fierce hatred of social safety nets and the governments that provide them.

The Virtue of Selfishness

Ayn Rand

For Ayn Rand, ‘selfishness’ means concern for one’s own interests;
for dictionaries, it’s the excessive or exclusive regard for self, and a disregard for others.

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand

The author argues that civilisation’s future depends on comparatively few creative minds.

F. A. Hayek

One of the most influential gurus for libertarians of the right

Grahame Thompson