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A Voluntaryist Bibliography, The Short List

Prepared by Carl Watner, July 2009
(With suggestions by subscribers)

I. Books that helped me evolve into a voluntaryist
  • Ayn Rand, ATLAS SHRUGGED
  • Ayn Rand, FOR THE NEW INTELLECTUAL
  • Leonard Read, GOVERNMENT - AN IDEAL CONCEPT
  • Murray Rothbard, MAN, ECONOMY, AND STATE
  • Lysander Spooner, NO TREASON, NO. 6
  • William Graham Sumner, THE FORGOTTEN MAN, THE CHALLENGE OF FACTS, WAR, EARTH-HUNGER AND OTHER ESSAYS (4 vols.)
  • Morris and Linda Tannehill, THE MARKET FOR LIBERTY
  • Ludwig von Mises, HUMAN ACTION
  • William Wooldridge, UNCLE SAM, THE MONOPOLY MAN


  • II. Other books that I would recommend to those interested in voluntaryism
  • Bruce Benson, THE ENTERPRISE OF LAW: Justice Without the State
  • Etienne de La Boetie, THE POLITICS OF OBEDIENCE
  • Robert LeFevre, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF LIBERTY
  • Albert Jay Nock, OUR ENEMY, THE STATE
  • Jim Payne, PRINCESS NAVINA VISITS VOLUNTARIA
  • Robert Ringer, RESTORING THE AMERICAN DREAM
  • Murray Rothbard, FOR A NEW LIBERTY
  • Mary Ruwart, HEALING OUR WORLD IN AN AGE OF AGGRESSION
  • Lysander Spooner, THE LYSANDER SPOONER READER
  • Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience"
  • Benjamin Tucker, INSTEAD OF A BOOK
  • Carl Watner, I MUST SPEAK OUT


  • III. Economics for those interested in voluntaryism
  • Walter Block, DEFENDING THE UNDEFENDABLE
  • Elgin Groseclose, MONEY AND MAN
  • Henry Hazlitt, ECONOMICS IN ONE LESSON
  • Murray Rothbard, POWER AND MARKET
  • Murray Rothbard, THE CASE FOR A 100 PER CENT GOLD DOLLAR
  • Murray Rothbard, WHAT HAS GOVERNMENT DONE TO OUR MONEY?


  • IV. Reading Lists
  • www.mises.org/story/1830: David Gordon, "The Meaning and History of Liberty: An In-Print Bibliography"
  • www.tolfa.us/: Jim Davies, The On Line Freedom Academy
  • www.lewrockwell.com/orig/gordon2.html: David Gordon, "Books on Liberty"
  • www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon25.html: David Gordon, "Murray Rothbard's Favorite Books"
  • http://www.volitionalscience.org: Andrew Galambos and Jay Snelson, The V-50 Lectures
  • "The Literature of Liberty," by Tom G. Palmer in David Boaz (ed.), THE LIBERTARIAN READER (1997), pp. 415-453.


  • V. Suggestions added by subscribers, June 2012
  • Mark Kurlansky, NONVIOLENCE
  • Ayn Rand, THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS
  • Larken Rose, THE MOST DANGEROUS SUPERSTITION
  • Butler Shaffer, BOUNDARIES OF ORDER
  • Gene Sharp, THE POLITICS OF NONVIOLENT ACTION
  • Marc Stevens, ADVENTURES IN LEGAL LAND
  • Carl Watner, RENDER NOT: THE CASE AGAINST TAXATION