Why Start a Book Club in 2018?
I’ve noticed that a major issue with the liberty movement is that a huge disparity exists concerning knowledge of the source material and vocabulary that the whole movement rests on. Due to the pervasiveness of the modern university, leftist and Marxist ideas and theories are commonly discussed, with notions like the social contract being commonly accepted, and with fields like media studies being dominated by critical theory.
In the most innocent sense, the book club exists as a way to try to promote some of my favorite books, or at least ones that I think are important for people to read, hopefully finding ways to tie the literature into whatever our modern situation is. It also aims to create a conversation with readers and create another community in the liberty movement. Hopefully, this can help expose readers to different opinions within the liberty movement, discuss important contemporary issues in-depth, or even just help enlighten a some people to the wide variety of philosophical and historical views out there.
The list will be updated periodically, and content will range in access and price, with links provided.
Want to suggest a book? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Book Club Update 12/20: First Book
I figured we’d start book club off with Anatomy of the State by the great Murray Rothbard. Don’t let it’s short length fool you, Anatomy is chock full of content, and is perfectly concise in it’s message. Whether or not you agree with the anarcho-capitalist beliefs of Rothbard’s other work, this breakdown of the relationship between individuals and really any governing body above them is thought provoking and near-perfectly put. This brilliant breakdown of the state also links to many other great works that influenced Rothbard’s thinking, which are worth looking into as well.
“In this century, the human race faces, once again, the virulent reign of the State—of the State now armed with the fruits of man’s creative powers, confiscated and perverted to its own aims. The last few centuries were times when men tried to place constitutional and other limits on the State, only to find that such limits, as with all other attempts, have failed. Of all the numerous forms that governments have taken over the centuries, of all the concepts and institutions that have been tried, none has succeeded in keeping the State in check. The problem of the State is evidently as far from solution as ever. Perhaps new paths of inquiry must be explored, if the successful, final solution of the State question is ever to be attained.”
Read for free at Mises here: