Thursday, October 02, 2014

Libertarianism: A Primer

There is much I like about libertarianism.  However, I have doubts about some things, and thus label myself a "cautious libertarian." (See the link to "My philosophy" under "Additional Info." on the right side of the front page.) If you are interested in libertarian theory I strongly recommend "Libertarianism: A Primer" by David Boaz on the Cato Institute.  It's relatively short paperback (314 pp.)  with an index, suggestions for further reading and a test to determine if you are a "libertarian."
As with all primers, differences among theorists are sometimes ignored and complexities are glossed over.  But it's a great starting spot.  Not all "libertarians" may agree. If you don't, recommend a basic book for beginners.

1 comment:

  1. I'm mostly small-l libertarian in my views. What I see as the main problem in Libertarianism is that it demands a willingness to take personal responsibility for the consequences of one's decisions and actions. That seems to be an overload for way too many people.