by Ian Tartt
There are far too many books in the libertarian spirit to mention here. So instead, enjoy this short list of the ones every libertarian should read at least once.
1. The Law
Written in 1850 by Frederic Bastiat, this book shows how the very laws that are in place to preserve our freedoms can instead be used to take them away. Bastiat also contrasts socialism and liberty, giving rise to this quote that still applies to arguments against libertarianism today: “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education…It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.” Additionally, The Law is just under ninety pages in length, making it a quick, easy read and a great introduction to basic libertarian principles.