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Top 12 History and Proto-Libertarian Works for Individualists


In response to Stephen Kinsella, since the comments section was getting a little bogged down in other matters:

The Top 12 History Books for Libertarians

  1. The Rise and Decline of the State, Martin Van Creveld
  2. Conceived in Liberty, Murray Rothbard
  3. The Triumph of Liberty, Jim Powell
  4. Modern Times, Paul Johnson
  5. Reassessing the Presidency, John Denson (editor)
  6. Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought, Murray Rothbard
  7. The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, Thomas Woods
  8. How Capitalism Saved America, Thomas DiLorenzo
  9. Capitalism and the Historians, FA Hayek
  10. Crisis and Leviathan, Robert Higgs
  11. The Costs of War, John Denson (editor)
  12. The Illusion of Victory, Thomas Fleming

The Top 12 Proto-Libertarian Works

  1. The Law, Frederic Bastiat
  2. Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, Etienne de la Boetie
  3. The Production of Security, Gustave de Molinari
  4. Our Enemy, The State, Albert Jay Nock
  5. The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State, Auberon Herbert
  6. No Treason, Lysander Spooner
  7. Social Statics, Herbert Spencer
  8. The Rights of War and Peace, Hugo Grotius
  9. Les Soirées de la Rue Saint-Lazare, Gustave de Molinari
  10. On the Law of Nature and of Nations, Samuel Pufendorf
  11. On Power: The Natural History of its Growth, Bertrand de Jouvenal
  12. The State, Franz Oppenheimer

Quibble over the ranking if you must, but I had a hard enough time trying to limit the lists to twelve.

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