Mises Review

Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan

JournalsOctober 1, 2012
Jason Brennan, an outstanding libertarian political philosopher who teaches at Georgetown University, has written Libertarianism as an introductory guide, and much of the material in it will be familiar to readers of

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The War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom, by Laurence M. Vance

JournalsOctober 1, 2012
The efforts, spurred by Mayor Bloomberg, to ban large cans of drinks deemed too sugary have been much in the news lately; and a peculiar point in the mayor's defense of this measure is highly relevant to Laurence Vance's excellent book...

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How Much Is Enough? Money and the Good Life, by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky

JournalsOctober 1, 2012
Robert Skidelsky is best known for his three-volume biography of Lord Keynes, and his son Edward is a philosopher who has written an excellent book on Ernst Cassirer.

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Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State, by Gerard Casey

JournalsOctober 1, 2012
Libertarian Anarchy would have delighted Murray Rothbard. In this book, a distinguished Irish philosopher defends forcefully and eloquently Rothbardian anarchism.

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The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope, by John A. Allison

JournalsOctober 1, 2012
This book contains the oddest sentence I have ever read about the current financial crisis, or for that matter about any financial crisis.

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Understanding Liberal Democracy: Essays in Political Philosophy, by Nicholas Wolterstorff

JournalsOctober 1, 2012
Most contemporary political philosophers, unfortunately, are not libertarians. Nicholas Wolterstorff, best known as a founder of "reformed epistemology" but a philosopher of extraordinary range, is no libertarian either — far from it...

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The Harm in Hate Speech, by Jeremy Waldron

JournalsJuly 1, 2012
In many countries, though not in the United States, laws prohibit "hate speech." Those who, in Jeremy Waldron's opinion, uncritically elevate the benefits of free speech over competing values oppose hate-speech laws...

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Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly Wrong, by Thomas Nagel

JournalsJuly 1, 2012
To review Thomas Nagel's new book for the Mises Daily seems at first sight a misplaced endeavor. The book has nothing to say about libertarianism or Austrian economics;...

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End This Depression Now!, by Paul Krugman

JournalsJuly 1, 2012
Supporters of Keynesian economics sometimes claim it to be a crude caricature of the Master that he thought the government has only to spend more money to get us out of a depression and that getting us into debt doesn't...

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The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out, by Leonard Peikoff

JournalsJuly 1, 2012
Whatever the failings of this book, its author has a sense of humor. Peikoff writes of his unusual name for his main hypothesis,

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