Read These Books

A Reading List for the Anarco-Curious

Part 1. On the Injustice of Political Order

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

A. The Injustice of Political Orders in General

The Problem of Political Authority by Michael Huemer

The Ethics of Liberty by Murray Rothbard

The Structure of Liberty: Justice & the Rule of Law by Randy Barnett

The Law–Frédéric Bastiat

War is the Health of the State–Randolph Bourne

Henry Thoreau and ‘Civil Disobedience’–Wendy McElroy (Free PDF)

 

 

B. The Injustice of the American Political Order in Specific

James Madison and the Making of America–Kevin R. C. Gutzman

America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited–Sheldon Richman

War Is A Racket–Major General Smedley Butler (Free PDF)

The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies by Bryan Caplan

No Treason–Lysander Spooner (Free PDF)

 

C. The Injustice of the International Political Order

Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International PerspectiveThomas Sowell

 


Part 2. On the Enterprise of Law, or

the Many Possibilities of  Private Order

The duty of the anarchist is not to merely wish the state to disappear, but to actively work to displace it.

 

A. The Possibilities of Private Order

The Enterprise of Law–Bruce L. Benson 

The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism–David D. Friedman

Spontaneous Order–Chase Rachels (Free PDF)

 

 

B. Comparing Orders in Practice

Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think–Peter T. Leeson

Private Governance: Creating Order in Economic and Social Life–Edward P. Stringham

The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society–Bieto, Gordon & Tabarrok

Order without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes–Robert Ellickson

The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System–David Skarbek

The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates–Peter T. Leeson

 

C. The Effects of Intervention in Practice

Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action–Robert P. Murphy

Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market, Scholar’s Edition–Murray Rothbard

The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge–Matthew Ridley

Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts…–Tom Woods

 


Part 3. On Establishing and Expanding a System of Private Orders

Because radical change to the statist quo will not be brought about by the soundness of arguments alone.

A. Federalism, Decentralization, Nullification and Secession

Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century–Thomas E. Woods

The Original Constitution: What It Actually Said and Meant–Rob Natelson

Government by Judiciary (Studies in Jurisprudence and Legal Hist)–Raoul Berger

 

Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution (Landmark Law Cases & American Society)–H. Robert Baker

Our Last Hope–by Michael Maharrey

 

 

 


To be Continued . . .

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