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This is a great introductory read on libertarianism Not difficult to read or abstract at all, the author goes through the history of liberty and the rise of classical liberalism He explains thoroughly the rights of individuals, the current state of political parties, civil society, free market, and big government in a true libertarian nature He proposes that a lot of libertarian ideas can be the solution to the complex, contemporary issues that societies are facing I would highly recommend this, it was a great read. I found this book riveting Libertarianism not conservative, not liberal Somewhere else I came to the read neutral, and I leave fairly neutral, but the read has given me much to think about Individual liberty versus power of the state I became interested in Libertarianism when I read Joel Salatin s Book Folks This Ain t Normal If you are interested in Libertarianism, I highly recommend this book as it covers both the historical perspective and also the possible role of Libertarian thought today. #FREE EPUB õ Libertarianism: A Primer ì Tens Of Millions Of Americans, From Generation X Ers To Baby Boomers And Beyond, Are Rediscovering Libertarianism, A Visionary Alternative To The Tired Party Orthodoxies Of Left And Right In A Gallup Poll Found That Percent Of Americans Said The Federal Government Has Become So Large And Powerful That It Poses An Immediate Threat To The Rights And Freedoms Of Ordinary Citizens Later That Year, The Wall Street Journal Concurred, Saying Because Of Their Growing Disdain For Government, And Americans Appear To Be Drifting Often Unwittingly Toward A Libertarian Philosophy Libertarianism Is Hardly New, But Its Framework For Liberty Under Law And Economic Progress Makes It Especially Suited For The Dynamic New Era We Are Now Entering In The United States, The Bureaucratic Leviathan Is Newly Threatened By A Resurgence Of The Libertarian Ideas Upon Which The Country Was Founded We Are Witnessing A Breakdown Of All The Cherished Beliefs Of The Welfare Warfare State Americans Have Seen The Failure Of Big Government Now, In The S, We Are Ready To Apply The Lessons Of This Century To Make The Next One The Century Not Of The State But Of The Free Individual David Boaz Presents The Essential Guidebook To The Libertarian Perspective, Detailing Its Roots, Central Tenets, Solutions To Contemporary Policy Dilemmas, And Future In American Politics He Confronts Head On The Tough Questions Frequently Posed To Libertarians What About Inequality Who Protects The Environment What Ties People Together If They Are Essentially Self Interested A Concluding Section, Are You A Libertarian Gives Readers A Chance To Explore The Substance Of Their Own Beliefs Libertarianism Is Must Reading For Understanding One Of The Most Exciting And Hopeful Movements Of Our Time Superlative analysis of human rights, the politico entities specifically their labels and those descriptions and systems of law and governmental hierarchies that seek to control human individuals and economics of groups Boaz uses bases of exquisite and historical definition in an exact sense His writing is not equivocal as current politico trends are using these redefined categories His labeling charting yet and exact definition skills are 6 star Far left Communism and far right Fascism having totalitarian cores far common to each other than the numerous politico stances in between Social and economic degrees toward change or status being other factors Degrees of economic freedom or social freedom all occurring on a scale So an Authoritarian is oppositional to a Libertarian with the first giving supreme control to the group and the second to the individual.His chapters on Civil Society and the protection of property, Market Process, and What Big Government is All About are each worth triple reading But overall, historically and in reference, the research here on where real wealth and human progress in longevity and improved states of living have occurred in real time for homo sapiens history is the most compelling feature of these proofs Because Socialism, Communism and other we think over powers of control have never prospered in any material sense They have given the PR that they have, but they have not His historical references to USA Constitutional origin and uses until this last century should be read by all current Americans The Constitution was created the way it was for a reason That reason being that big Government proceeds to become the enemy of the individual We are heading to a new age of Libertarianism eventually Because the entire Western Civilization divided the powers mostly from Religious controls or equals on its way to become the institutions of democracies and republics that do exist Awesome book in our age of increasingly bigger and bigger and worse and worse government. Boy oh boy did I get some colorful commentary while reading this book The Libertarian Mind A Manifesto for Freedom by David Boaz is book that shouts Look at me I have things to say and does a pretty good job of conveying the message Boaz uses fairly simple language and peppers the text with constant references to both past and contemporary people, events and ideas which makes it much exciting and readable as a result 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 Without delving too far into my own political opinions I can say that while Boaz tries to be pragmatic in most of his scenarios, I feel that in some scenarios like his claim that licensing doctors has contributed to a decline in the free market for healthcare are a little too hyper idealistic or ignore some conventional common sense maybe Boaz would be happy waiting for the free market to determine whether his unlicensed doctor was good, but I would rather know that my doctor has met some standards of professionalism Anyways, I would give one star for style, one star for clarity,.5 star for reliability,.5 star for learning something new and one star for being entertained Bottom line If you do not feel that one of the two dominant ideologies completely fits your personal convictions, give this book a shot You may or may not agree, or only agree with parts of it, but at the very least you may find solace in knowing there are so called third ways I was given this book by somebody who loved it and I promised to read it.I must confess that I approached it with prejudice I ve never met a poor libertarian, my prejudice is that libertarianism is a philosophy of convenience for the rich The way I see it, the minority of people who pay tax directly we all do indirectly need to feel good about something And this is a philosophy that helps them stand for a set of ideas, rather than merely be indignant about being soaked on tax.I was so prejudiced about the whole thing, I bought a book by a Nobel Prize winning economist historian philosopher about the role of institutions for example the government and read it first I thought it would educate my mind on the subtleties of the issues I d confront in any book about libertarianism and give me a bank of ideas to compare with as I m reading.I needn t have David Boaz primer is not an ambitious book It never goes deep enough into issues that you could vehemently oppose Equally, it does not build its arguments on an axiomatic basis so you can t go through and look for errors in logic that isn t there This is a presentation of a bunch of ideas Primer is probably overselling it, much as it says so on the cover.I am not exposed to philosophy, so I hate taking literally what popular philosophy books have to say The history of the various ideas will inevitably be interpreted from the angle of the author and important thinkers will invariably be mixed with less important thinkers who are closer to the ideas of the author If this author did so, he certainly did it without me noticing It was fun to read what he had to say.That said, he completely failed to change my mind on any of my prejudices How do I know Easy on the back of the book there is a questionnaire that helps you decide if you are a libertarian or not I don t think I d have answered any of the questions differently before and after having read the book, and I indeed remain of the opinion that this is a philosophy of convenience for taxpaying Americans.Which brings me to the first major benefit I gleaned from reading this book I finally understood why libertarianism is big in America and nonexistent everywhere else As the author argues, and from having lived there I d have to agree, in America people who are free thinking about the economy tend to be conservative about personal liberties They call themselves the conservatives And people who are free thinking about personal liberties tend to be anti market when it comes to the economy They are, of course, the liberals What here in Europe you d call normal even if we don t necessarily practice as we preach is difficult to find in America as an ideology But Americans call it libertarian Over here there s no point giving it a name We may not truly practice this combination of free markets and personal freedom around here, but we all advocate it.It s actually easy to see why things are different in America, and this is me talking now, not the book in America, personal liberties are de facto significantly circumscribed and under attack Much as Americans are free to carry guns or perhaps because they do your life can be under threat if you perform abortions, for example Some states will lock you up forever after the third petty crime The percent of Americans in jail is a vast multiple of what it is in any European nation A cop catches you speeding around here in the UK, you actually don t have to show him your driver s license You have 48 hours to present it to the cop shop of your choice No American believes me when I say that, he s thankful if he does not get splayed on the hood of his car This week, French cops are refusing to police riots in Brittany because they re scared Peaceful occupy Wall St protesters got pepper spray in their face Better not to get into Wikileaks, drones etc Meanwhile, the US government taxes much less than any European government at 25% of GDP between state and federal, significantly less than half of French or Italian tax, for example, and two thirds as much as British or German so the economy is vastly to the right of Europe, with many natural monopolies fully privatised The most celebrated Democrat president of the last 50 years got rid of the Glass Steagall act, allowed pharmaceutical companies to advertise drugs on TV and on his last day in office pardoned the country s most famous tax dodger So there is a distinct losing side in America the liberals It s game set and match, really.As a result, the axis along which the friction occurs is between the losing liberals and the winning free market lower personal liberties conservatives The a la carte fellows who don t want either package and want low government involvement in the economy and personal freedoms have a name in America, they call themselves the libertarians They tend to be rich, because the poor are too busy, of course That s the first thing I learned from this book and it makes good sense, much as it is very obviously a sweeping generalisation But it explains a lot.The other idea I found appealing in this book is the idea of natural rights Yes, I m revealing that I know diddlysquat about philosophy, but that probably makes me the target reader As a young student I was told that the mathematics is out there and all we humans have to do is go discover the theorems We re not making them, we merely go find them So we now have proofs that you can pack spheres particularly well in 24 dimensions, that you can color a map with 4 colors, that there are 52 types of finite groups and no The book argues that we have natural rights and all we have to do is go find them We set up courts and we grope toward the truth Sounds awesome to me Don t know if it s wrong or right, on the other hand Maybe it s fanciful David Boaz states it as an axiom, but God knows he needs to do better than that.Similarly, the author argues that in a free economy every time I transact with you by definition we must both be winners, otherwise the transaction would not occur So a market economy works via billions of such win win transactions and gets us to a place where a planned economy could never go Yes, agreed, but a second year course in Economics in every single university in the world has a few weeks dedicated to stuff that people cannot achieve in this manner Dunno, air traffic control The author is rather pathetic when he goes looking for examples that defy this theory Yeah, congratulations, there s a country where people got together and built lighthouses, but it was the country that controlled the seven seas for a few centuries.More to the point, yes, I see where the author is coming from But he has not made me move from where I started He states that restaurant owners should be allowed to admit smokers I have not met anybody who is not extremely happy about the smoking ban Maybe not at first, but pretty much everybody I know has turned on this issue The state got involved and stopped people from harming themselves in public places It was necessary for somebody to nudge us that way and I m sorry I m borrowing the hyper popular term but now car companies don t fit an ashtray as standard any, and that s because this small nudge there I go again has moved us all to a better place.I m a mathematician, that s proof by counterexample QED, baby.Regardless, I enjoyed the book It s far too prosaic for me to award it than three stars, but it informed me, it entertained me and it made me think Bring on Nozick He won t be as easy to dismiss. Libertarianism isn t just a political philosophy, it was the philosophy upon which the Founding Fathers battled for It is the philosophy for lower taxes to increase economic growth it is the philosophy that let s individuals determine their own decisions as long as it does not interfere with the individual rights of others it is the philosophy that advocates against big, coercive, government, which keeps expanding day by day Liberals reject economic freedom while conservatives reject social freedom, but Libertarianism rejects both rejections I aspire to be alive the day that a Libertarian candidate becomes the president of the United States for now, it ll be a herd of uninformed citizens voting red or blue which is basically the same thing nowadays. If you re looking for a well written introduction to libertarianism this is your book. Very good.For both newbies to libertarian ideas as well as folks like me who have been in around the libertarian movement for many, many years.Great background on what the ideas are all about Who are the key people Why the ideas and movement is so important What the ideas promise for beneficial changes in the world What vast improvements have already taken place in the world as a result of libertarian ideas being adopted.Highly recommended.I co hosted with the Federalist Society of Silicon Valley a lunch with David Boaz on 31 March 2015 in Palo Alto About 50 60 people enjoyed meeting David, meeting others interested in hearing about libertarian ideas, hearing David s remarks on his book, asking questions and having fun in the newly resurgent move toward liberty. The Cato Insitute s David Boaz has written an engaging and thought provoking book with The Libertarian Mind yet his logic and arguments fail to convince in the end It would be perhaps unfair to blame Boaz for this as he does earnestly try to explain the general Libertarian position In fact he doesn t do too badly when looking at issues around personal freedom His explanation of why government should be less involved in the personal lives of its citizens seem to be commonsense nowadays something Boaz claims is a triumph of libertarian ideas While this may be true to some extent, particularly with changing attitudes toward the failed War on Drugs as well as gay marriage, when Boaz switches over to economic freedom he loses his power to convince.He makes a compelling case for big government to get out of people s lives, to be minimally invasive and maintain a very limited role which includes basic functions security, protection of life and property and protection from external threats He also points out that the separation of powers and checks and balances are fundamental to allow our individual freedom to thrive He notes time and again that the reason for this is that power corrupts and that this tendency towards political corruption and bureaucracy is precisely what makes a myriad of public programs inefficient and unproductive It is undoubtedly true that many people s experiences with government agencies is less than satisfactory Boaz holds the US Postal Service in particular contempt, a sentiment which with I can readily empathize and he does make a convincing argument that public services hold back creativity He also notes that political power in the form of various interest groups encourages modes of production that are inefficient and as a result makes everyone poorer Yet however much his insight into political power and corruption in the public sector rings true, he wholeheartedly fails to address similar problems and corruption inherent in the private sector due to a different type of power economic power.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 Whereas his analysis of political corruption rings true for many, he tends to downplay and ignore the very real and utterly corrupt behavior at the heart of the economic power of the private sector It strikes the reader as odd that Boaz argues that this natural tendency towards corruption and power is so much a tendency of humans that very strong checks and balances are needed to prevent it in governments and public organizations, but rapidly disappears when he speaks of the markets and private sector Even if one were to see political and economic power as entirely separate, it is hard to see how the tendency towards corruption and abuse of power would only be present in the former that only matters relating to the state and public sector need to have checks and balances while the private sector is left to regulate itself This is especially true in the wake of the 2008 economic crash where these natural tendencies were on vivid display.It is true that Boaz does give some limited commentary addressing the issue of corporate corruption in fact he spills ink warning against single mothers than the bail out of the banks but he seems to believe that such corruption is the result of government intervention in the natural flow of the market He seems to believe that a sort of natural chaos is necessary for the markets to really show what they can do In essence he demands a strong but limited state to protect basic personal liberties but seems to care very little about the protection of whole communities and groups of people who have had their individual liberties trampled by the excesses and corruption of corporations.While deriding Karl Marx throughout, Boaz is striking similar to Marx in his economic determinism He seems to believe that the free market is the answer to nearly every problem much like the inherent economic conflict between the classes was Marx s While Boaz maintains he is against the idea of a utopia, he nonetheless argues for an unfettered free market as a solution to society s ills very far from a realist view of the world.Perhaps his most far fetched claim is that Libertarianism s greatest triumphs were the abolition of slavery and the eradication of Jim Crow while neglecting the fact that the both of these were due to the strongest forms of federal government intervention war and a federal civil rights act According to Boaz s own arguments, any modern equivalent of these actions would be a violation of the role of a limited federal government.Yet it is hard to blame Boaz alone for the inconsistency in these arguments Even he seems to be aware that the most compelling argument against free market libertarianism is that it lacks a moral core and this is hardly a new problem it s been debated since the birth of Libertarianism as a movement Economic efficiency, while increasing productivity and in some cases human progress, is not the only thing human beings care about, and rightly so Along with a commitment to personal liberty, we also care about inequality, injustice and unfair treatment This is perhaps the largest missing piece of Libertarian ideology, one which Boaz and others would do well working to resolve.