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The Flight of the Barbarous Relic  
"Virtually everything every American needs to know about the Federal Reserve, fiat-money central banking, and monetary history" in novel form.

Demagogue's Survival Guide
Since you're in politics, you're seeking legally coercive control...

State Treachery
... a strong distrust of government is indigenous to the American character.

 

                                 

 

 

Ludwig von Mises

 

"Luxuries into Necessities" a classic
"The disciples of Marx are anxious to describe in their textbooks the 'unspeakable horrors of capitalism' which, as their master has prognosticated, results 'with the inexorability of a law of nature' in the progressing impoverishment of the 'masses.' Their prejudices prevent them from noticing the fact that capitalism tends, by the instrumentality of big-scale production, to wipe out the striking contrast between the mode of life of a fortunate elite and that of the rest of a nation."

"Inflation"
"What many people today call inflation or deflation is no longer the great increase or decrease in the supply of money, but its inexorable consequences, the general tendency toward a rise or fall in commodity prices and wage rates. This innovation is by no means harmless."

"Interest"
"The banks and the monetary authorities are guided by the idea that the height of interest rates as the free loan market determines it is an evil, that it is the objective of a good economic policy to lower it, and that credit expansion is an appropriate means of achieving this end without harm to anybody but parasitic moneylenders. It is this infatuation that causes them to embark upon ventures which must finally bring about a slump."

"Socialism"
"The paradox of 'planning' is that it cannot plan, because of the absence of economic calculation. What is called a planned economy is no economy at all. It is just a system of groping in the dark."

"Unemployment"
"Assistance granted to the unemployed does not dispose of unemployment. It makes it easier for the unemployed to remain idle. The nearer the allowance comes to the height at which the unhampered market would have fixed the wage rate, the less incentive it offers to the beneficiary to look for a new job. It is a means of making unemployment last rather than of making it disappear."

"Laissez Faire"
"Laissez faire does not mean: Let soulless mechanical forces operate. It means: Let each individual choose how he wants to cooperate in the social division of labor; let the consumers determine what the entrepreneurs should produce."

"Competition"
"In a totalitarian system, social competition manifests itself in the endeavors of people to court the favor of those in power. In the market economy competition manifests itself in the fact that the sellers must outdo one another by offering better or cheaper goods and services, and that buyers must outdo one another by offering higher prices. "

"The Source of Hitler's Success"  (1940)
"Hitler does not have a new secret weapon at his disposal. He does not owe his victory to an excellent intelligence service which informs him of the plans of his opponents. Even the much-talked-of 'fifth column' was not decisive. He won because the supposed opponents were already quite sympathetic to the ideas for which he stood. "

 

Murray N. Rothbard

"The Case for a Genuine Gold Dollar"
"Only by changing the definition of the dollar from fiat paper tickets issued by the government to a unit of weight of some market commodity, can the function of issuing money be permanently and totally shifted from government to private hands."

"The Case for Radical Idealism"
"The libertarian, then, should be a person who would push the button, if it existed, for the instantaneous abolition of all invasions of liberty. Of course, he knows, too, that such a magic button does not exist, but his fundamental preference colors and shapes his entire strategic perspective."

"INVADE THE WORLD"
From
The Irrepressible Rothbard
"And so every grievance everywhere constitutes our national interest, and it becomes the obligation of good old Uncle Sam, as the Only Remaining Superpower and the world's designated Mr. Fixit, to solve each and every one of these problems. For "we cannot stand idly by" while anyone anywhere starves, hits someone over the head, is undemocratic, or commits a Hate Crime."

"Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy"
by Murray N. Rothbard
"Businessmen or manufacturers can either be genuine free enterprisers or statists; they can either make their way on the free market or seek special government favors and privileges. They choose according to their individual preferences and values. But bankers are inherently inclined toward statism."

 

Other Libertarian Writers

"Consumer Sovereignty" by Bettina Bien Greaves
"Consumer sovereignty is consumers making choices one by one, consumers buying one thing and not another, consumers transferring their money to some producers and not to others. The process isnít invisible; it isnít miraculous; it only seems miraculous in that it directs production without a central authority having to plan or give orders."

"Economic Freedom and Economic Growth" by Randall G. Holcombe
"Economic freedom contains a number of components, all of which must be in place for an economy to grow. An economy must have a stable monetary system, secure private property rights, an impartial legal system, low taxes, minimal government, and low barriers to international exchange. If any of these components are missing, an economy will not grow. "

"ImmigrationóFriend or Foe?" by James E. McClure and T. Norman Van Cott
"The rise of the welfare state is turning immigrants from friends to foes in America. The xenophobic backlash against immigrants, while understandable, misses the mark. Americans must look beyond the immigrants and see that their own governmentís misguided welfare programs are the source of the problem. "

"Inside the Federal Hurting Machine" a anti-tax classic by James L. Payne
"The prevailing assumption is that when government is handing out money, its subsidies and payments are desperately needed, and serve a vital national purpose. When government is taking in money, even from the same people it has just subsidized, the cash being collected is seen as limp and lifeless, a surplus wealth of taxpayers who have no good use for it."

"The Value of Money" by Hans Sennholz
"When government takes control over money, it not only takes possession of an important command post over the economic lives of the people but also acquires a lucrative source of revenue."

"Budget Deficits" by Hans Sennholz (1995
"Budget deficits of the present magnitude are a prominent cause of all that ails the American economy: declining private investments, stagnant or even falling standards of living, unemployment of millions of workers, and inability to compete in many world markets."

 

Classic Humor

"Can New York Save Itself?" by Dave Barry (1987)
"Athough it was constructed in 1536, the New York subway system boasts an annual maintenance budget of nearly $8, currently stolen, and it does a remarkable job of getting New Yorkers from Point A to an indeterminate location somewhere in the tunnel leading to Point B."

 

 

Other Interesting Sites

Wikileaks Mirrors

Ron Paul's
Campaign for Liberty

Strike the Root

Classics of Libertarian Thought

BK's FED Economics Portal

Greenspan's 1966 "Gold and Economic Freedom"

Ludwig von Mises Institute

"V" for Vendetta

                                       

 

 

 

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