10 Must Read Libertarian Books. Pete Quinones and Keith Knight

10 Must Read Libertarian Books. Pete Quinones and Keith Knight

… it is only the libertarians who have the answer that can cut through and resolve the numerous conflicts around bussing, textbooks, religion, sex, etc., that are rife in the public schools. And that answer, of course, is to abolish the public school system root and branch, and thereby to allow any groups of parents and students to have the schools, integrated or segregated, Fundamentalist or atheist, disciplined or permissive, that they respectively and individually prefer.

Murray N. Rothbard
Libertarian Forum v. 1, p. 527

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Libertarianism: The Moral & Economic Case. Sheldon Richman & Keith Knight

Libertarianism: The Moral & Economic Case. Sheldon Richman & Keith Knight

The choice is not between cooperation and a Hobbesian war of all against all, but between free and forced association.

Sheldon Richman

What Social Animals Owe to Each Other

0:00 – Quote from What Social Animals Owe to Each Other

0:34 – What do social animals owe to each other?

1:56 – Don’t we owe each other positive rights?

4:10 – The consequences of liberty

7:09 – Why not just fix the government?

10:50 – Private v. Public sector

18:20 – Mr. Richman’s favorite quote from Human Action by Ludwig von Mises

20:44 – Is economic freedom enough?

23:43 – One moral standard for all

27:39 – Austrian Exploitation theory & Regulation

36:45 – How does the state trick people into holding politicians to a double standard?

39:37 – Does racism or sexism justify a state?

46:07 – The myth of market failure & war lies

54:05 – The importance of subjectivism in economics

57:50 – Why does big business consistently oppose free markets?

Buy “What Social Animals Owe to Each Other” here: https://libertarianinstitute.org/books/what-social-animals-owe-to-each-other/

Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, senior fellow and chair of the trustees of the Center for a Stateless Society, and a contributing editor at Antiwar.com. He is the former senior editor at the Cato Institute and Institute for Humane Studies, former editor of The Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education, and former vice president at the Future of Freedom Foundation. His latest books are Coming to Palestine and What Social Animals Owe to Each Other.

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Propaganda Analysis – Libertarians Hate Community!

Propaganda Analysis – Libertarians Hate Community!

… in a world of voluntary social cooperation through mutually beneficial exchanges, where one man’s gain is another man’s gain, it is obvious that great scope is provided for the development of social sympathy and human friendships. It is the peaceful, cooperative society that creates favorable conditions for feelings of friendship among men. … the social relations formed by the division of labor tend to be permanent as individuals specialize in different tasks and continue to produce in those fields.

Murray N. Rothbard
Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market, p. 101

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Debunking “Anarcho”-Communism. Patrick Smith and Keith Knight

Debunking “Anarcho”-Communism. Patrick Smith and Keith Knight

Böhm-Bawerk’s devastating refutation of the … Marxian system remains defi nitive. It swept the boards in professional economics, and has remained dominant ever since, successfully inoculating economists, at least, against the Marxian virus, and certainly against the labor theory of value. …


Böhm-Bawerk, in sum, posed the grave inner contradiction of Marxian theory plainly and starkly: Marx claimed that goods exchanged on the market in proportion to the quantities of labor embodied in them (i.e., that their values are determined by the quantity of labor-hours needed to produce them), and yet also conceded that the rates of profit on all goods tended to be equal. And yet, if the first clause is true, the rates of profit would be systematically lower in proportion to the intensity of capital investment, and higher in proportion to their labor-intensiveness of production.


Murray N. Rothbard
Classical Economics, p. 414

0:00 – Larken Rose Quote

1:22 – Defining Anarcho-Capitalism

4:31 – Cancer contract analogy & positive rights

The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose, full audiobook and each chapter individually read aloud: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLnZMpC0fqV6u0NI3wsi6EHQP71bv8AmV

13:02 – Employers are not slave owners

19:49 – Are lazy people murderers?

23:29 – Just v. Unjust hierarchy

30:35 – Labor theory of value

38:49 – Why Wages Rise by Ludwig von Mises

41:10 – Why communists cannot be anarchists

42:55 – How will entrepreneurs be treated under communism?

46:15 – Corporations v. the state

49:05 – My commune experience & worker cooperatives

59:25 – Institutions v. results aka constrained v. unconstrained vision

1:03:30 – UBI and M4A – secondary effects

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The Philosophical Problem Every Government Faces. Michael Huemer and Keith Knight

The Philosophical Problem Every Government Faces. Michael Huemer and Keith Knight

“Why should 535 people in Washington be entitled to issue commands to 300 million others? And why should the others obey? These questions, as I argue in the following pages, have no satisfactory answers.”

Michael Huemer

The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey

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0:00 – Quote from The Problem of Political Authority

0:31 – What is ‘political authority’?

1:18 – If you do not like the government of a country, you should leave

2:57 – Voting for a political representative is morally on par with consent

6:27 – “Liberty depends on taxation” – Cass Sunstein 

9:15 – You benefit from the state, therefore you have an obligation to obey it’s edicts 

15:19 – What about the poor?

18:29 – Does potential wealth inequality justify political authority?

21:11 – The major takeaway from the Trump presidency 

22:38 – Corporations need regulation which justifies a state

Homelessness caused by regulation: https://libertarianinstitute.org/dont-tread-on-anyone/whats-the-1-cause-of-homelessness/

29:05 – In the absence of a state, chaos will exist

32:04 – The mindset of the unattainable perfection objection “who will do X”

35:09 – Huemer’s approach to handling objections to anarchism 

36:05 – High standards for the market, no standards for the government & incentive structures

38:57 – Governments v. HOA’s

42:42 – The market commodifies human beings, therefore should be replaced by the state

46:03 – Where has anarcho-capitalism worked?

49:10 – Why are believers in government so confident in their low information position?

52:06 – How has the state created a double standard in the minds of the masses for thousands of years?

55:30 – Shame is the health of the state

1:00:10 – Most important thing you learned from Bryan Caplan

1:01:15 – Most important contribution of Jason Brennan

Links to mentioned works-

The Problem of Political Authority: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1137281650/
Myth of the Rational Voter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007AIXLDI/
Defending Libertarianism. Walter Block and Keith Knight

Defending Libertarianism. Walter Block and Keith Knight

… outlawing something because it may harm the user leads straight down the logical garden path to our totalitarian cage …

Murray N. Rothbard
For a New Liberty, p. 136

There is, of course, a very strong connection between addiction and crime, but the connection is the reverse of any argument for prohibition. Crimes are committed by addicts driven to theft by the high price of drugs caused by the outlawry itself! If narcotics were legal, the supply would greatly increase, the high costs of black markets and police payoff s would disappear, and the price would be low enough to eliminate most addict-caused crime.

Murray N. Rothbard
For a New Liberty, p. 136

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Authoritarian Populism v. Libertarianism. Tom Palmer and Keith Knight

Authoritarian Populism v. Libertarianism. Tom Palmer and Keith Knight

The liberal revolution implanted indelibly in the minds of the masses — not only in the West but in the still feudally-dominated undeveloped world — the burning desire for liberty…

Murray N. Rothbard
Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, p. 47

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0:00 – Quote from Realizing Freedom by Tom Palmer

1:00 – Collectivism v. Individualism

7:00 – Populism v. Democracy

12:55 – Murray Rothbard’s idea of a Strategy for Populism, are there any upsides?

19:40 – How to communicate to others

24:32 – False divides v. true divides

29:01 – How has the state convinced people of the double standard of political authority?

Politics & The English Language by George Orwell: https://www.orwell.ru/library/essays/politics/english/e_polit

35:23 – What is freedom?

38:06 – I Have No Enemies: My Final Statement – https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2010/xiaobo/lecture/

41:20 – The importance of freedom of speech

44:15 – Why should those in poverty embrace libertarianism?

47:21 – The Moral Case for Libertarianism

51:25 – Don’t we need ‘regulation’?

56:20 – Book recommendations

Benghazi: The Truth at Last. Rand Paul, Joe Biden, and Scott Horton

Benghazi: The Truth at Last. Rand Paul, Joe Biden, and Scott Horton

If all States are evil, some are more evil than others, some particular States have engaged in enormously more aggression, both internally against their subjects, and externally against the citizens of other States. … If we libertarians are to understand the real world, and to try to bring about the victory of liberty in that world, we must understand the actual history of concrete, existent States. History provides the indispensable data by which we can understand and deal with our world, and by which we can assess the relative guilt, the relative degrees of aggression committed by the various states.


Murray N. Rothbard

Libertarian Forum v. 2, p. 639

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Propaganda Analysis – I, John Green, Benefit From Violence!

Propaganda Analysis – I, John Green, Benefit From Violence!

… universal education has in fact led to a general degradation of cultural and educational standards.

Murray N. Rothbard

Economic Controversies, p. 566

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Bin Laden, Iraq War Lies, and Israel. Scott Horton and Keith Knight.

Bin Laden, Iraq War Lies, and Israel. Scott Horton and Keith Knight.

In war, State power is pushed to its ultimate, and, under the slogans of “defense” and “emergency,” it can impose a tyranny upon the public such as might be openly resisted in time of peace. War thus provides many benefits to a State, and indeed every modern war has brought to the warring peoples a permanent legacy of increased State burdens upon society.

Murray N. Rothbard

Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, pp. 80–81

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Anarcho-Capitalist – AMA

Anarcho-Capitalist – AMA

One very popular charge against anarchism is that it “means chaos.” … anarchists have always believed that the establishment of their system would eliminate the chaotic elements now troubling the world. … The root of the word comes from the term ‘anarchos’, meaning opposition to authority or commands.

Murray N. Rothbard

Strictly Confidential, pp. 26–27

0:00 – Anarcho-Capitalism defined

2:15 – Voting for Jo Jorgensen?

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6:15 – Is voting aggression?

8:17 – Can we vote our way to freedom?

10:22 – Warlords

17:38 – Self-ownership

22:07 – When does someone acquire self ownership?

26:00 – Hoppe & Tradition

31:30 – Are people rational or irrational?

35:24 – Moral wrong about aggressing against non self owners

40:32 – Anarcho-Monarchism & Hoppe

47:38 – A good state?

49:33 – Healthcare & “free” goods

58:00 – How to abolish the state

1:05:45 – Atheism v. Spiritual anarchy

1:11:15 – Homesteading

1:14:29 – Books on Anarcho-Capitalism

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How I Went From Progressive to Libertarian

How I Went From Progressive to Libertarian

… The distinctive feature of libertarians is that they coolly and uncompromisingly apply the general moral law to people acting in their roles as members of the State apparatus. Libertarians make no exceptions. For centuries, the State (or more strictly, individuals acting in their roles as “members of the government”) has cloaked its criminal activity in high-sounding rhetoric. For centuries the State has committed mass murder and called it “war”; then ennobled the mass slaughter that “war” involves. For centuries the State has enslaved people into its armed battalions and called it “conscription” in the “national service.” For centuries the State has robbed people at bayonet point and called it “taxation.” In fact, if you wish to know how libertarians regard the State and any of its acts, simply think of the State as a criminal band, and all of the libertarian attitudes will logically fall into place.


Murray N. Rothbard

For a New Liberty, pp. 56–57

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