The following books are the best I’ve read on understanding the why- and wherefore of liberty. Some books which I’ve read but not reviewed properly are not listed. This list will be constantly curated to control length & quality of the list.
The Freedom Philosophy
Understanding what liberty is and why it is critical for human flourishing.
- I Must Speak Out: The Best of the Voluntaryist, Carl Watner
- Lessons from a Lemonaide Stand: An Unconventional Guide to Goverment, Connor Boyack
- Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the American Libertarian Movement, Brian Doherty
- Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell
Foes of Freedom
Understanding the enemies of liberty, especially the State, the Mob, and the government-corporate surveillance-manipulation machine.
- Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, James C. Scott
- The Cult of the Presidency, Gene Healy
- LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, P.W. Singer & Emerson Brooking
- Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, Bruce Schneier
- Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, Radley Balko
How to create more freedom in an unfree world.
- You Have the Right to Remain Innocent, James Duane
- Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, Thomas E. Woods
- The Art of Invisibility: Staying Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data, Kevin Mitnick
Novels with Pro-Liberty Themes
- 1984, George Orwell.
- The Brave Cowboy: An Old Tale in a New Time, Ed Abbey
- The Iron Web, Larken Rose.
- The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, Russ Roberts
- Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
- Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
- The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
- Anthem, Ayn Rand
- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein
- The Great Explosion, Eric Frank Russell