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The Church of Christ by James Bannerman
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The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek
The Road to Serfdom
by Friedrich Hayek
recommended for: those interested in an intellectual treatment of the dangers of collectivism
read in June, 2008
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A brilliant critique of collectivism, especially socialism and planned economies, with an eye on Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Hayek supports individual liberty, arguing that collectivism necessarily leads to corruption, arbitrary rule, tyranny, di ...more
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Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
Capitalism and Freedom
by Milton Friedman
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Excellent summary of the economic libertarian stance, with general arguments on capitalism, democracy, and the role of government in society, and then more intricate arguments on the topics of social security, unions, state licensing of professions ( ...more
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Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
read in November, 2008
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An epic critique of statism, clearly showing the slippery slope we walk when we regulate and tax producers to death. Heroes that are clearly human and yet clearly exceptional carry this thrilling, chilling story.
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The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set by C.S. Lewis
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Children's literature doesn't get much better than this--compelling and imaginative adventure stories combined with morals that can reach both children and adults. Worth reading again and again.
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Alexis de Tocqueville
“Our contemporaries are constantly wracked by two warring passions: they feel the need to be led and the desire to remain free. Unable to destroy either of these contrary instincts, they seek to satisfy both at once. They imagine a single, omnipotent, tutelary power, but one that is elected by the citizens. They combine centralization with popular sovereignty. This gives them some respite. They console themselves for being treated as wards by imagining that they have chosen their own protectors. Each individual allows himself to be clapped in chains because that the other end of the chain is held not by a man or a class but by the people themselves.
Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville
“It is above all in the present democratic age that the true friends of liberty and human grandeur must remain constantly vigilant and ready to prevent the social power from lightly sacrificing the particular rights of a few individuals to the general execution of its designs. In such times there is no citizen so obscure that it is not very dangerous to allow him to be oppressed, and there are no individual rights so unimportant that they can be sacrificed to arbitrariness with impunity.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

Robert A. Heinlein
“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Alexis de Tocqueville
“It is indeed difficult to imagine how men who have entirely renounced the habit of managing their own affairs could be successful in choosing those who ought to lead them. It is impossible to believe that a liberal, energetic, and wise government can ever emerge from the ballots of a nation of servants.”
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Robert A. Heinlein
“The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.’

‘Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome.”
Robert A. Heinlein

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