Future Imperfect

Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World

Author: David D. Friedman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521877326

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 351

View: 1472

A study that presents and explains a variety of technological revolutions that may occur over the next few decades, their implications, and how to deal with them expounds upon the effects of technology to discuss radical social changes.

Radicals for Capitalism

A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement

Author: Brian Doherty

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 0786731885

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 8112

On Wall Street, in the culture of high tech, in American government: Libertarianism—the simple but radical idea that the only purpose of government is to protect its citizens and their property against direct violence and threat— has become an extremely influential strain of thought. But while many books talk about libertarian ideas, none until now has explored the history of this uniquely American movement—where and who it came from, how it evolved, and what impact it has had on our country. In this revelatory book, based on original research and interviews with more than 100 key sources, Brian Doherty traces the evolution of the movement through the unconventional life stories of its most influential leaders— Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman—and through the personal battles, character flaws, love affairs, and historical events that altered its course. And by doing so, he provides a fascinating new perspective on American history—from the New Deal through the culture wars of the 1960s to today's most divisive political issues. Neither an exposé nor a political polemic, this entertaining historical narrative will enlighten anyone interested in American politics.

The machinery of freedom

guide to a radical capitalism

Author: David D. Friedman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 267

View: 7747

Libertarian Anarchy

Against the State

Author: Gerard Casey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441103384

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 2506

Political philosophy is dominated by a myth, the myth of the necessity of the state. The state is considered necessary for the provision of many things, but primarily for peace and security. In this provocative book, Gerard Casey argues that social order can be spontaneously generated, that such spontaneous order is the norm in human society and that deviations from the ordered norms can be dealt with without recourse to the coercive power of the state. Casey presents a novel perspective on political philosophy, arguing against the conventional political philosophy pieties and defending a specific political position, which he identifies as 'libertarian anarchy'. The book includes a history of the concept of anarchy, an examination of the possibility of anarchic societies and an articulation of the nature of law and order within such societies. Casey presents his specific form of anarchy, undergirded by a theory of human action that prioritises liberty, as a philosophically and politically viable alternative to the standard positions in political theory.

Anarchy and the Law

The Political Economy of Choice

Author: Edward P. Stringham

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412808901

Category: Political Science

Page: 712

View: 5962

Private-property anarchism, also known as anarchist libertarianism, individualist anarchism, and anarcho-capitalism, is a political philosophy and set of economic and legal arguments that maintains that, just as the markets and private institutions of civil society provide food, shelter, and other human needs, markets and contracts should provide law and that the rule of law itself can only be understood as a private institution. To the libertarian, the state and its police powers are not benign societal forces, but a system of conquest, authoritarianism, and occupation. But whereas limited government libertarians argue in favor of political constraints, anarchist libertarians argue that, to check government against abuse, the state itself must be replaced by a social order of self-government based on contracts. Indeed, contemporary history has shown that limited government is untenable, as it is inherently unstable and prone to corruption, being dependent on the interest-group politics of the state's current leadership. Anarchy and the Law presents the most important essays explaining, debating, and examining historical examples of stateless orders. Section I, "Theory of Private Property Anarchism," presents articles that criticize arguments for government law enforcement and discuss how the private sector can provide law. In Section II, "Debate," limited government libertarians argue with anarchist libertarians about the morality and viability of private-sector law enforcement. Section III, "History of Anarchist Thought," contains a sampling of both classic anarchist works and modern studies of the history of anarchist thought and societies. Section IV, "Historical Case Studies of Non-Government Law Enforcement," shows that the idea that markets can function without state coercion is an entirely viable concept. Anarchy and the Law is a comprehensive reader on anarchist libertarian thought that will be welcomed by students of government, political science, history, philosophy, law, economics, and the broader study of liberty.

Hidden Order

The Economics of Everyday Life

Author: David D. Friedman

Publisher: Harperbusiness


Category: Fiction

Page: 340

View: 5540

An economist and author of Price Theory explains how the fundamental principles of economics can be used to understand marriage, children, crime, war, and other important aspects of modern life. 20,000 first printing.

Law's Order

What Economics Has to Do with Law and Why It Matters

Author: David D. Friedman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400823471

Category: Law

Page: 344

View: 3474

What does economics have to do with law? Suppose legislators propose that armed robbers receive life imprisonment. Editorial pages applaud them for getting tough on crime. Constitutional lawyers raise the issue of cruel and unusual punishment. Legal philosophers ponder questions of justness. An economist, on the other hand, observes that making the punishment for armed robbery the same as that for murder encourages muggers to kill their victims. This is the cut-to-the-chase quality that makes economics not only applicable to the interpretation of law, but beneficial to its crafting. Drawing on numerous commonsense examples, in addition to his extensive knowledge of Chicago-school economics, David D. Friedman offers a spirited defense of the economic view of law. He clarifies the relationship between law and economics in clear prose that is friendly to students, lawyers, and lay readers without sacrificing the intellectual heft of the ideas presented. Friedman is the ideal spokesman for an approach to law that is controversial not because it overturns the conclusions of traditional legal scholars--it can be used to advocate a surprising variety of political positions, including both sides of such contentious issues as capital punishment--but rather because it alters the very nature of their arguments. For example, rather than viewing landlord-tenant law as a matter of favoring landlords over tenants or tenants over landlords, an economic analysis makes clear that a bad law injures both groups in the long run. And unlike traditional legal doctrines, economics offers a unified approach, one that applies the same fundamental ideas to understand and evaluate legal rules in contract, property, crime, tort, and every other category of law, whether in modern day America or other times and places--and systems of non-legal rules, such as social norms, as well. This book will undoubtedly raise the discourse on the increasingly important topic of the economics of law, giving both supporters and critics of the economic perspective a place to organize their ideas.

The Problem of Political Authority

An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey

Author: Michael Huemer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137281669

Category: Philosophy

Page: 365

View: 9336

The state is often ascribed a special sort of authority, one that obliges citizens to obey its commands and entitles the state to enforce those commands through threats of violence. This book argues that this notion is a moral illusion: no one has ever possessed that sort of authority.

The Market for Liberty (Large Print Edition)

Author: Morris Tannehill,Linda Tannehill

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781515162827


Page: 174

View: 8467

LARGE PRINT EDITION! More at LargePrintLiberty.com. Some great books are the product of a lifetime of research, reflection, and labored discipline. But other classics are written in a white heat during the moment of discovery, with prose that shines forth like the sun pouring into the window of a time when a new understanding brings in the world into focus for the first time. "The Market for Liberty" is that second type of classic, and what a treasure it is. Written by two authors-Morris and Linda Tannehill-just following a period of intense study of the writings of both Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard, it has the pace, energy, and rigor you would expect from an evening's discussion with either of these two giants. More than that, these authors put pen to paper at precisely the right time in their intellectual development, that period rhapsodic freshness when a great truth had been revealed, and they had to share it with the world. Clearly, the authors fell in love with liberty and the free market, and wrote an engaging, book-length sonnet to these ideas. This book is very radical in the true sense of that term: it gets to the root of the problem of government and provides a rethinking of the whole organization of society. They start at the beginning with the idea of the individual and his rights, work their way through exchange and the market, expose government as the great enemy of mankind, and then-and here is the great surprise-they offer a dramatic expansion of market logic into areas of security and defense provision. Their discussion of this controversial topic is integrated into their libertarian theoretical apparatus. It deals with private arbitration agencies in managing with disputes and criminality, the role of insurers in providing profitable incentives for security, and private agencies in their capacity as protection services. It's for this reason that Hoppe calls this book an "outstanding yet much neglected analysis of the operation of competition."

Against the State

An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto

Author: Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

Publisher: Rockwell Communications LLC

ISBN: 0990463117

Category: Political Science

Page: 190

View: 9861

Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto diagnoses what is wrong with the American political system and tells us what we need to fix things. The cure is a radical one because, as the book incontrovertibly shows, the many problems that confront us today are no accident. They stem from the nature of government itself. Only peaceful cooperation based on the free market can rescue us from our present plight. Against the State is written by Lew Rockwell, the founder of the Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com, and the closest friend and associate of Murray Rothbard, the leading theorist of anarcho-capitalism. Rockwell applies Rothbard’s combination of individualist anarchism and Austrian economics to contemporary America. The book shows how the government is based on war, both against foreign nations and against the American people themselves, through massive invasions of our liberties. Fueled by an out-of-control banking system, the American State has become in essence fascist. We cannot escape our predicament through limited government: the government is incapable of controlling itself. Only a purely private social order can save us, and Rockwell succinctly sets out how an anarcho-capitalist order would work.

Fundamentally Different

Author: David J. Friedman

Publisher: Infinity Publishing (PA)

ISBN: 9781495808944

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 577

With stories and examples from his 27 years of business leadership experience, Friedman makes clear the connection between values and success in a way that's as enjoyable to read as it is insightful.

The Great Libertarian Offer

Author: Harry Browne

Publisher: Liam Works

ISBN: 9780965603690

Category: Political Science

Page: 287

View: 5820

"Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne shows how we can get from today's oversized, $2 trillion federal government to a libertarian America in which you can live as a free person - free to live your life as you think best, not as the politicians want - free to raise your children by your values, not as the bureaucrats demand."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

A Spontaneous Order

The Capitalist Case for a Stateless Society

Author: Christopher Rachels

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781512117271


Page: 292

View: 6880

A Spontaneous Order: The Capitalist Case for a Stateless Society is an astonishingly concise, rigorous, and accessible presentation of anarcho-capitalist ideals. It covers a wide range of topics including: Money and Banking, Monopolies and Cartels, Insurance, Health Care, Law, Security, Poverty, Education, Environmentalism, and more! To enjoy this compelling read requires no previous political, philosophical, or economic knowledge as all uncommon concepts are defined and explained in a simple yet uncompromising manner. Take heed, this work is liable to cause radical paradigm shifts in your understanding of both the State and Free Market.

Why Government Doesn't Work

Author: Harry Browne

Publisher: St Martins Press

ISBN: 9780312136239

Category: Political Science

Page: 245

View: 4235

Huge tax cuts, huge spending cuts and a balanced budget-NOW>.

The Stone Canal

A Novel

Author: Ken MacLeod

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780812568646

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6689

Clones are not supposed to recall the memories of their genetic host, but a newcomer to the frontier Mars colony can remember his past as Johnathon Wilde, the anarchist who tipped the scales in World War III. Winner of the Prometheus Award. Reprint.

The Not So Wild, Wild West

Property Rights on the Frontier

Author: Terry Lee Anderson,Peter Jensen Hill

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804748544

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 263

View: 8832

Cooperation, not conflict, is emphasized in a study that casts America's frontier history as a place in which local people helped develop the legal framework that tamed the West.

Realizing Freedom

Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice

Author: Tom G. Palmer

Publisher: Cato Institute

ISBN: 1935308122

Category: Political Science

Page: 532

View: 6235

Readers looking for a guide to classical liberal thought will benefit from this extensive and well-considered essay, compiled by a leading authority in the field. For more than 25 years, Tom Palmer has lived his life according to a very simple ideal: Liberty is for everyone. Academics debate the finer points of political theory, but liberty belongs to us all, and everyone can benefit from it. Realizing Freedom is a testament to that ideal. A tireless educator, Palmer has traveled the world to bring the message of freedom to people on every continent. At home, he’s been an incisive commentator on current affairs as well as an original thinker in political philosophy. The essays in this volume are drawn from two and a half decades of work, and they reflect the many levels on which Palmer has promoted individual liberty.