Friday, September 30, 2011

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I've been angry for several years.  I knew the politics in Washington and in my home state and even in my city had gotten out of hand.  I knew that these politicians had decided they were above the law - above me.  They would consistently do whatever they wanted, and tell me it was for my own good.  I thought about what I could do to make a change.  Send emails?  Listen to well educated speakers?  Donate to anti-authoritarian candidates?

I realized that if I was ever going to be able to help change things, I would have to know things.  Not just listen to others who know.  I would have to find out for myself - about economics, about liberty, about government, and about the Constitution and our Founders.  I would need to know about the things they knew about.  Why did they write the Constitution, and what influenced them?  Where did their thoughts on liberty come from?

So I set about building a library.  It's still a work in progress, but I figured I would share.  You may want to read some of these books yourself.

  • The Theory of Money and Credit, Ludwig von Mises
  • Human Action: A Treatise on Economics, Ludwig von Mises, Bettina Bien Greaves
  • Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt
  • The Case Against the Fed, Murray N. Rothbard
  • End The Fed, Ron Paul
  • Pillars of Prosperity, Ron Paul
  • How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes, Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
  • The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence, Benoit Mandelbrot, Richard L. Hudson
Liberty and the development of a Republic:
  • THE RIGHTS OF WAR AND PEACE: Including the Law of Nature and of Nations, Hugo Grotius
  • The Law of Nations, Emer de Vattel
  • The Whole Duty Of Man, According To The Law Of Nature (Natural Law Paper), Samuel Pufendorf
  • The Bastiat Collection, Claude Frédéric Bastiat
  • Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings, Thomas Paine
  • The Original Constitution: What it Actually Said and Meant, Robert G. Natelson
  • The People's Guide to the US Constitution, Dave Kluge
  • The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, Founding Fathers & others
  • The Federalist Papers, Founding Fathers & others
  • The Anti-Federalist Papers, Founding Fathers & others
  • Conceived in Liberty, Murray N.Rothbard
  • The Ethics of Liberty, Murray N. Rothbard
  • Free to Choose: A Personal Statement, Milton & Rose Friedman
  • What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, William Graham Sumner
Transition towards statism:
  • From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State, David T. Beito
  • The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, Thomas DiLorenzo
  • New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America, Burton W. Jr. Folsom
  • The Roosevelt Myth, John T. Flynn, Ralph Raico
  • The Road to Serfdom, F. A. Hayek, Bruce Caldwell
  • The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, Thomas Sowell
  • Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights, Ezra Levant
  • Lost Rights, James Bovard
  • The Revolution: A Manifesto, Ron Paul
  • The Tea Party Goes to Washington, Rand Paul
  • The Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, The Right and Threats to Our Liberties, David Boaz
  • For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Murray N. Rothbard
  • Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom, Ron Paul
  • The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America, Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch
  • The LIBERTARIAN READER: Classic & Contemporary Writings from Lao-Tzu to Milton Friedman
War and Foreign Policy:
  • War is a Racket, Smedley D. Butler
  • As We Go Marching, John T. Flynn
  • Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War, Andrew Bacevich
  • Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, Michael Scheuer
  • Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, Michael Scheuer
  • Osama Bin Laden, Michael Scheuer
  • Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, Robert Pape
  • Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, Chalmers Johnson
  • The Sorrows of Empire, Chalmers Johnson
  • Nemesis, Chalmers Johnson
  • Dismantling the Empire, Chalmers Johnson
  • We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, Murray Polner, Thomas E. Woods Jr.
I bought my books through Amazon and Mises Store, but some of them are available for free as PDFs.  Check with the Mises Institute to see.

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