The Market for Liberty PDF

The Market for LibertyAs you know, several weeks ago we posted a free audio book version of The Market for Liberty. We’ve now discovered that there is a PDF version of the book available for free as well.

You can download it here, thanks to the Mises Institute.

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  1. I'm listening to the audio version now — it's good, but I wish so many of these works did not assume an atheist, as well as evolutionist perspective as a basis for its arguments. In addition, this book throws an objectivist morality on top — the opposition to voluntary charity, which I think is totally uncalled for.

    There are many people in this country who believe in God as the basis for morality, and even more who believe voluntary charity is good — to intentionally disclude them from a work attempting to promote liberty is counterproductive.

    I myself am a Christian, but were I to write a pro-liberty work, I would certainly not use a belief in Christ as the basis for my reasoning.

    That said, I'm greatly enjoying the bulk of the book, which supports and explains a voluntary society — it is excellent.

  2. The reader of the audio version speaks too fast. And he talks as if he's angry or shouting.

    He is the worst choice for this project.

  3. In chapter 3, the writer speaks of "values". Mathematics yields values.

    Humans have BELIEFS and not values. This work seems to be a fail out of the gate.

  4. This is, by far, the best and most comprehensive book I’ve yet read on liberty.

  5. Objectivism has never called for an opposition to voluntary charity – surely a redundancy. No, what it calls for is opposition to compulsory charity – which is, of course, a contradiction. If it’s compulsory, it isn’t charity.

  6. But of course humans have values. Your knowledge or beliefs, your experiences, would certainly be what lead you to choose values, but you have them nevertheless. You value life or death, yes? You value a full belly over a painfully empty one, yes? You value wellness over illness, yes? You value pleasure over pain, yes? Nature gives you many alternatives – you choose which alternatives you value and which you do not. Why you choose them comes from your knowledge, your belief, your experience.

    I suggest the failure isn’t in the work, but your own failure to understand what is meant by “value”.

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