Best Libertarian Books

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295 books · 234 voters · list created July 29th, 2008 by Skylar Burris (votes) .
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Skylar 2479 books
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Henry 322 books
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Rasheed 1507 books
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message 15: by Rita (new)

Rita Rita wrote: "Mike wrote: "George Orwell was a socialist. Why the hell are 1984 and Animal Farm on this list? And The Catcher In the Rye? I...this isn't...I can't... This l..."

Thank you to all those who spoke up, saying certain books should never have been on this list. But libertarians aren't known for their clear thinking, much like their cousins, the Republicans.


message 14: by Rita (new)

Rita Mike wrote: "George Orwell was a socialist. Why the hell are 1984 and Animal Farm on this list? And The Catcher In the Rye? I...this isn't...I can't... This list doesn't m..."

Libertarians want to appropriate.


message 13: by Person113 (new)

Person113 Samuel wrote: "Person113 wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Samuel wrote: "Why are Orwell, Huxley, Tolkien, and Dickens even on this list? None of them were libertarians. I have a feeling the creator of this list had no idea ..."

I mean, I'm not saying Orwell was libertarian at all, but his work warns readers of the dangers that an oppressive government system can bring upon people. I cannot say his books are libertarian, but they certainly have libertarian principles scattered throughout. As for Huxley, the same thing goes with Brave New World to an extent, but not nearly as much as with 1984. With Tolkien and Dickens I honestly don't know how or why they made it to this list. And I have yet to read Watership Down so I have no comment on that. The main book on this list that puzzles me is Lord of the Flies. That's literally the opposite of a libertarian book, it's about how government is a necessity! With The Catcher in the Rye I can see where they're going since it's got some very anti authoritarian themes, but it's still a bit of a stretch.


message 12: by Samuel (new)

Samuel Person113 wrote: "Ellen wrote: "Samuel wrote: "Why are Orwell, Huxley, Tolkien, and Dickens even on this list? None of them were libertarians. I have a feeling the creator of this list had no idea what libertarianis..."

How? Orwell was a socialist, someone who believes in far more government than a libertarian. Libertarians believe in limited government, socially liberal, and fiscally conservative. Plus I'm one of three people on this list questioning the same thing.


message 11: by Person113 (new)

Person113 Ellen wrote: "Samuel wrote: "Why are Orwell, Huxley, Tolkien, and Dickens even on this list? None of them were libertarians. I have a feeling the creator of this list had no idea what libertarianism is and it's ..."

I mean, Orwell's books are kind of libertarian in nature, even if he wasn't one personally. This list seems to be more about books that help support some of libertarianism's core beliefs rather than books that are explicitly by libertarians.


message 10: by Daniel (last edited Jul 16, 2017 10:06AM) (new)

Daniel Watership Down is not libertarian either. It's odd that virtually every major book on this list is not actually a libertarian book.


message 9: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Ellen wrote: "They were anti-government control. ."

This isn't really true, either.

But again, they weren't libertarians and would have been against virtually everything libertarians stand for, assuming libertarians don't like socialism.


message 8: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Evanoff Samuel wrote: "Why are Orwell, Huxley, Tolkien, and Dickens even on this list? None of them were libertarians. I have a feeling the creator of this list had no idea what libertarianism is and it's kind of annoyin..."
They were anti-government control.


message 7: by Samuel (last edited May 02, 2017 07:02PM) (new)

Samuel Why are Orwell, Huxley, Tolkien, and Dickens even on this list? None of them were libertarians. I have a feeling the creator of this list had no idea what libertarianism is and it's kind of annoying to see so much fiction on here and not enough non-fiction philosophy on the actual subject.


message 6: by Daniel (new)

Daniel 1984 and Animal Farm are by a socialist (Orwell), which doesn't seem very libertarian.


message 5: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth It's no longer available! Still have the list?


message 4: by Mike (new)

Mike George Orwell was a socialist. Why the hell are 1984 and Animal Farm on this list? And The Catcher In the Rye? I...this isn't...I can't... This list doesn't make sense to me.


message 3: by James (new)

James Peron As someone who has been in the business of publishing and selling libertarian books for 35 years, I have to say this is a very mixed selection of titles, including some that aren't libertarian at all.


message 2: by Jay (new)

Jay An excellent list, but I prefer less fiction, and more educational books on Libertarianism! For those of you who are in the same boat, I found a good list of recommendations here:

http://www.goodlibertarianbooks.com/

That was the best list of books that I could find on the internet, currently working my way through it now. Have a great day!


message 1: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Moore The inclusion of the Mr. Nosey and Ms. Bossy books was clever.


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