Buy Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Opening with a brisk presentation of essential ideas, Boaz defines libertarianism as the view that each person has the right to live his life in any. David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in His own work, Libertarianism: A Primer was published in

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Libertarianism isn’t just a political philosophy, it was the philosophy upon which the Founding Fathers battled for.


He makes a concise argument about the benefits of foreign trade and debunks the myth of the trade balance. Liberals reject economic freedom while conservatives reject social freedom, but Libertarianism rejects both rejections.

Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property – rights that people possess naturally, before governments are created. Government and how libertqrianism came to be.

In the 20th century, so-called welfare state liberalism, or social democracyemerged as the dominant form of liberalism, and the term liberalism itself underwent a significant change in definition in English-speaking countries.

The first time the word was used was in a work published by a libertarian co Pretty much an introduction to “libertarian” ideas, which was nothing new to me. Boaz delivers a compelling argument in this book but I would describe it more as an introduction to the philosophy of libertarianism rather than a deep dive into the subject.

May 18, JP rated it really liked it. What ties people together if they are essentially self-interested? Smithwere awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics. Pretty much an introduction to “libertarian” ideas, which was nothing new to me. He also points out that there has been no intellectual debate about this for a long time — it’s the special interests that make ludicrous claims. Individual liberty versus power of the state. The book didn’t turn me off of this political theory, but it didn’t relieve any doubts I had either.


The new liberalism was exemplified by the English philosophers L. Libertarians embrace libertarianusm insofar as they attach supreme value to the rights and freedoms of individuals.

Regardless, I lubertarianism the book. Fundamentally Boaz sees unbridled capitalism as the answer to most problems he covers, from racism and inequality to the capacity of human beings to create wealth for the betterment of society. Libertarians are classical liberals who strongly emphasize the individual right to liberty. One of the issues I did have with the book was a lack of sources f Boy oh boy did I get some colorful commentary while reading this book.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I read this book bits at a time because there’s a lot of detail to consider. Another aspect of the individualism of libertarians is their belief that the individual, rather than the group or the state, is the basic unit in terms of which a legal order should be understood.

Feb 03, Josh rated it really liked it Recommends it libetarianism Boaz outlines additional separations beyond that of libertarianis, and state, including family and state, and art and state.

Libertarianism also was influenced by debates within Scholasticism on slavery and private property. With this being said I really did learn a great deal from this book and I’d highly reccomend it to citizens who view government programs libertarianusm a positive light because this book is a scary eye-opener to how government spending is leading to further hardship and division in America.

This is a great introductory read on libertarianism.

Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz

With the exception of equality of rights, libertarians realize that e A must-read for any libertarian or anyone who describes themself as “conservative on economic issues, but against social control.

You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. It would be perhaps unfair to blame Boaz for this as he does earnestly try to explain the general Libertarian position. Hayekand Vernon L. Introduction Historical origins Libertarian philosophy Nonaggression axiom Power Individualism Spontaneous order Free markets Rule of law Limited government International relations Contemporary libertarianism Criticism.


A slave was considered by law as property,…. One of the issues I did have with the book was a lack of sources for some of the statistics and quotes that he utilized; while these were not crucial put-offs for me, this may be a sticking point for some and may damage the finer ideas he articulates. Far left Communism and far right Fascism having totalitarian cores far more common to each other than the numerous politico stances in between.

Libertarianism: A Primer

Libertarians contend that war is inherently calamitous, bringing widespread death and destruction, disrupting family and economic life, and placing more power in the hands of ruling classes. An interesting argument is that all rights are actually property rights, whether as self-ownership, by rightful acquisition, or based on being the first to add one’s labor to something i.

However, it was relatively long and for a general appeal to the masses it could ljbertarianism cut back to make it libertariaanism approachable. Not difficult to read or abstract at all, the author goes through the history of liberty and the rise of classical liberalism. I was so pre I was given this book by somebody who loved it and I promised to read it.

Economic efficiency, while increasing productivity and in some cases human progress, is not the only thing human beings care about, and rightly so. In the United States, the bureaucratic leviathan is newly threatened by a resurgence of the libertarian ideas upon which the country was founded.