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And Then There Were None, by Eric Frank Russell
Time Will Run Back, by Henry Hazlitt
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
Alongside Night, by J. Neil Schulman
The Probability Broach, by L. Neil Smith
The Forge of the Elders, by L. Neil Smith
The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia, by Ursula K. Le Guin


How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, by Thomas E. Woods
Conceived in Liberty, by Murray Rothbard


Libertarian Anarchy, by Gerard Casey
The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey, by Michael Huemer
Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government
,  by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
No Treason, No. VI. The Constitution of No Authority (epub version), by Lysander Spooner [Kindle version here]
The Machinery of Freedom, by David Friedman
The Market for Liberty, by Linda and Morris Tannehill
For A New Liberty, by Murray Rothbard
Democracy the God that Failed, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe


Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, by Robert J Sirico
The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy, by Thomas Woods
Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlett
I, Pencil, by Leonard Read
What has the Government Done to Our Money, by Murray Rothbard
The Free Market Reader, by Lew Rockwell


The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat
Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, by Thomas E. Woods
Healing Our World: The Other Piece of the Puzzle, by Dr. Mary J. Ruwart


Viking Age Iceland, by Jesse L. Byrock
Stateless Societies: Ancient Ireland, by Joseph R. Peden,
Private Creation and Enforcement of Law: A Historical Case, by David Friedman
The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, by James C. Scott


Ludwig Von Mises Institute
StarActon Institute
Bionic Mosquito
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
Center for a Stateless Society
David Friedman
Future of Freedom Foundation
Freedom Feens
Laissez-Faire Books
Learn Liberty
Libertarian Christians
Libertarian Papers
Library of Economics and Liberty
Roderick Long’s
Tom Woods blog
Tom Woods Liberty Classroom

2 thoughts on “Reading List

  1. Robert McNally

    I’m not familiar with this site. I look the first thing each morning at Lew Rockwell. I’d guess I’m 90% a Libertarian. There are quite a few writers I like a lot on Lew’s web. I’n nearing 82 and recall in the late 1940’s where it seemed I alone defended gays right to be left alone. I said to those who obviously hated gays that they were not bothering you. Perhaps at times they were. I didn’t know.
    Back then no one discussed what they did which I believed was wrong. Things have changed since then but I havn’t. Gay marriage and adoption as well as unnecessary coming out is changing everything. The latest that I heard is due to gay acceptence has come heterosexual anal sex. I know from sources that speaks about sex education that they will get to children long before their sexuality is fully developed. Gay might be 2% or 10% of the population. I believe in time it could exceed 40% or more.
    Regarding Libertarian philosophy uis this freedom? Everything eventually will be so screwed up I think civilization will collapse. I never do see the gay issue discussed by Libertarians. That might be my fault. Here I think is a good point. I back Ron Paul in everything he says, but he was opposed to gay marriage and then it was pointed out to him that his position was not libertarian. He gave in. He changed his position. Why, since it should be obvious that it probably is the worst thing to ever happen in all of world history. I would appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Wayne

      Mr. McNally,

      Firstly, the state has no right to defining marriage or in having a hand in anyone marrying. My opinion here is that sacramental marriage is in the purview of the state so that it can be taxed and that government can regulate it and make married couples believe that they are somehow giving you a tax break by a family being able to claim children on a yearly income tax filing. It’s a sham and needn’t be so.
      I’m a traditional Catholic and as such I was educated to believe that marriage is a sacrament, elevated as such, and instituted by Our Lord Jesus Christ for the purpose of having children and the raising up of Christian families, for the happiness and well being of the married couple with the husband being responsible for the Christian education of his family. This is where the husband being the head of the family comes in, although society has distorted and perverted that loving vocation to make it appear that christian men are supposedly oppressive to women and their children. This could not be further from the truth. Marriage is a vocation as valid as holy orders, ie the priesthood, and deserves that same level of respect.
      The abomination that is called gay marriage is not marriage. It may very well be a civil contract between two people of the same sex that happen to share living arrangements but it is most certainly not marriage as the state has no right to change the definition of something instituted by Our Lord.
      Now some say that this is a non libertarian stance. I disagree as we are talking about two different issues. As stated marriage is a sacrament instituted by Our Lord as a vocation with very clear parameters. The state possesses no authority to change this definition literally given by God himself. Secondly, there is certainly nothing untoward in gay people in long term relationships making contractural and legal arrangements for their care of one another but it is not marriage no matter the legal wrangling’s of the SCOTUS. Call it what it is and leave marriage to God and his Church.
      Gay sex is an issue between the participants and God. I will pray for and lovingly attempt to show any gay person, if ever I’m in the situation, the way to Our Lord and Lady’s loving embrace. Gay people are our neighbor and deserve our love and respect as such. However, separate from the dignity of the human person, gay sexual behavior on the other hand is one of the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance, but we must be kind and loving and pray that gay people can somehow overcome this disordered unnatural behavior.
      In conclusion I will quote the last sentence from the section on marriage from Mr. England’s book, “everyone is better off without government meddling.”
      Hope this helps.

      Your’s in Christ,



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