A few books to help you understand what is wrong with libertarianism.

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These books generally do not attack libertarianism directly, but as you read them, you will understand more about how libertarianism is basically propaganda in favor of the policies the .01% want and how libertarianism has basically no philosophical legs to stand on..


Books used as sources during the writing of Economix [More...]
An excellent reading list for understanding how politics and economics interact. From the graphic-novel style Economix.
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (book, online) (2 links)
When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path. If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency.
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America (book, online) (8 links)
“This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . . If you're worried about what all this means for America's future, you should be” – NPR
ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism (book, online)
Economic Ideas You Should Forget (book, online)
By discussing problematic theoretical assumptions and drawing on the latest empirical research, 71 authors question specific hypotheses and reject major economic ideas from the “Coase Theorem” to “Say’s Law” and “Bayesianism.”
Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality (book, online) (3 links)
"This conviction that the world must behave the way it does on the blackboard is what I call economism. This style of thinking is influential because it is clear and logical, reducing complex issues to simple, pseudo-mathematical axioms. But it is not simply an innocent mistake made by inattentive undergraduates. Economism is Economics 101 transformed into an ideology—an ideology that is particularly persuasive because it poses as a neutral means of understanding the world."
Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets (book)
Why mixed economies would outperform pure markets. Essential for countering libertarian economic arguments.
Liberalism (Hobhouse) (book, online)
A short, clear, pithy book that explains what progressive liberalism has always been about. After 100 years, it still rings true. Contrasted with libertarian gobbledegook, it is a marvel.
Liberty, Property And Markets: A Critique Of Libertarianism (book, online)
Robert Nozick: Property, Justice, and the Minimal State (book, online)
Summarizes and invents numerous philosophical refutations of Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia, a much parrotted work. Libertarians are generally unaware of the flaws and incompleteness of their "best" philosophy.
The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes (book, online)
Legally enforceable rights cost money, a fact ignored by many libertarian ideologues.
The Progressive Assault on Laissez Faire: Robert Hale and the First Law and Economics Movement (book, online) (2 links)
The first, full-length study of Hale's work, which showed that "private", unregulated economic relations were in fact determined by a state imposed regime of property and contract rights which were hard to square with common-sense notions of social justice.
The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism (book, online)
Supposedly allows examination without preaching. Some very good overview and summary information. "Among the Handbook's chapters are those from critics who write about what they believe libertarians get right as well as others from leading libertarian theorists who identify what they think libertarians get wrong."


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