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Libertarianism Today

Best Price Ever for Libertarianism Today

by Jacob Huebert on June 22, 2013
in Libertarianism Today

The Mises Institute ordered a special paperback edition of Libertarianism Today, and now they’re almost out. While they last, though, get it for just $3.95.

You can also get the audiobook for free from the Laissez-Faire Club.



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“The top book of the year.”

by Jacob Huebert on March 25, 2012
in Libertarianism Today

I just now saw that George Leef, book review editor for The Freeman, made a list of the top books reviewed in that publication in 2011.

Number one: Libertarianism Today.

By the way, the audio book is coming next month, read by a professional who has done a great job with it.



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In Libertarianism Today, I mention that Charles and David Koch are “to this day” the Cato Institute’s “foremost patrons.” This obviously isn’t true now that the Kochs are suing the Cato Institute to take control of it, and apparently it hasn’t been true for a while. According to Cato scholar Jerry Taylor, the Kochs gave no money to Cato last year and have contributed only about four percent of Cato’s revenues over the past decade.

So a correction is in order, and there you have it.



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Free Book Chapter: Libertarianism Is Antiwar

by Jacob Huebert on December 8, 2011
in Libertarianism Today, War

Another full chapter of Libertarianism Today is now online for free — this one on why libertarianism is antiwar.  This is my favorite chapter of the book, so I’m especially glad I could make it available through Antiwar.com.

Other parts of the book you can read for free online:



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George Leef reviews Libertarianism Today in the latest Freeman.



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Laurence M. Vance has kind words for Libertarianism Today in the April 2011 issue of Freedom Daily. The review isn’t online and probably won’t be for a while [UPDATE: now it is], but for now I can tell you that he says that it’s “the best introduction to libertarianism on the market.” And here’s how he concludes:

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Libertarianism Today is the most important book on libertarianism since Rothbard’s For a New Liberty. Not only does it stand in the Rothbardian tradition, it is a principled, uncompromising, iconoclastic, consistent, and unvarnished defense of libertarianism that Rothbard would be proud of.



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In Policy, a magazine published by Australia’s Centre for Independent Studies, Alex Willemyns has a favorable review of Libertarianism Today.

Here’s a sample:

Indeed, although the author could not possibly provide a complete introduction to an ideology as unorthodox and contested as libertarianism in such a short volume, Huebert’s attempt is the most engaging and incisive currently available. Further, its unabashedly radical nature is a welcome surprise for a book that could just as easily have been meandering and equivocal in its case for libertarianism. With an abundance of suggestions for further reading throughout, it should appeal to all readers, from the most well-informed libertarian to those new to the radical theory.

Read the rest here.



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Mises.org has made an entire chapter of Libertarianism Today, “The Fight Against Intellectual Property,” available online for free. Read about why more and more libertarians reject patents and copyrights as enemies of freedom and prosperity.



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An earlier excerpt from Libertarianism Today discussed what life was like when all drugs were legal in the United States — and showed that things really weren’t all that bad.

So why were narcotics, cocaine, marijuana, and the like outlawed? A newly available excerpt explains the drug war’s dubious foundations.



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I Don’t Blame Canada

by Jacob Huebert on January 29, 2011
in Libertarianism Today

In a review for the Canadian C2C Journal, Fergus Hodgson says — among other favorable things — that my Libertarianism Today is an “accessible yet rigorous explanation of libertarianism and its political movement.”

But he criticizes me a little bit for focusing on U.S. issues while ignoring Canada entirely.

I had a pretty good reason, though: Canada’s government — although I’m sure it perpetrates many evils — isn’t trying to run the world, isn’t killing hundreds of thousands of people in other countries, isn’t imposing IP tyranny on the rest of the world, and isn’t wrecking the world economy. In other words, the Canadian government never did anything to me. The U.S. government, on the other hand, is the world’s largest, most powerful government and does endless bad things to countless people who don’t even live here.

I long for the day when my government isn’t worth mentioning in a book about the evils of the state!



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