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Libertarianism, from A to Z

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Libertarian principles seem basic enough—keep government out of boardrooms, bedrooms, and wallets, and let markets work the way they should. But what reasoning justifies those stances, and how can they be elucidated clearly and applied consistently? In Libertarianism, from A to Z, acclaimed Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron sets the record straight with a dictionary that tak ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Basic Books (first published April 13th 2010)
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The title is deceiving: this is not really a dictionary of libertarianism or even really a standard approach to libertarian thought.

It is more of a bathroom book that briefly explains in short sections what Miron, a Harvard economist with most research in drug legalization, sees as libertarian policy solutions to common policy questions. Eg public funding for arts, food and drug regulation, foreign interventionism, etc.

He offers logical explanations for his thoughts though unfortunately he doesn
I read the book straight through and found the format unsatisfying; is perhaps better as a coffeetable or bathroom book. I appreciated concept of short entries and certainly learned something ... but the shallowness of each made it tough for the material to sink in. The Consequentialist vs Philosophical libertarianism entry was new to me and made the book worthwhile.
An easy to reference dictionary style broad brush-stroke examination of libertarianism. Pitched at the general reader it encourages debates on the variety of today's cultural, political, economic and social shibboleths. Would do well to have a better bibliography at the end for more detailed works.
Kirk Metzger,
This is an easy book to pick up for a few minutes at a time and easy to process. Good introductory book for libertarian thought, and he gives many recommendations for in-depth learning on this philosophy.
May 10, 2010 Joanna marked it as to-read
I'm hoping this at least helps me understand some arguments.
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