Man vs. the Welfare State

In this 1969 work, Henry Hazlitt explains why politicians who promise salvation through government are dangerous. Among the essays: Instant Utopia Salvation Through Government Spending “We Owe It To Ourselves” Consequences of Dollar Debasement The High Cost of Wage Hikes Price Controls More on Price Controls Who Protects the Consumer? Famines Are Government-Made Runaway Relief […]

Liberty and the Activist Mind: Implication or Contradiction?

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013 “The Self Owner” is an original weekly column appearing every Wednesday at Everything-Voluntary.com, by Spencer W. Morgan. Spencer is a husband and father, and has studied History and Philosophy at the University of Utah. Archived columns can be found here. OVP-only RSS feed available here Now that we’ve systematically examined liberty from the ground […]

A Moral Challenge

A Moral Challenge By Carl Watner I have recently been having correspondence with my son about the morality of government taxation, and it prompted this “challenge.” I maintain that taxation is theft and contrary to the universally accepted moral principles: thou shall not steal and thou shall not murder. While these two principles are found in the […]

Taxes No Better Than Slavery

Introduction Taxes No Better Than Slavery by Carl Watner [The following is the Introduction to the book Render Not. More information can be found here. It is available for purchase here.] Slavery is wrong. Taxation is a form of slavery. Therefore taxation is wrong. The implications that follow from this syllogism are the subject of this book. Slavery […]

Mises and Austrian Economics : A Personal View

Introduction [U]nder the predominance of interventionist ideas, a political career is open only to men who identify themselves with the interests of a pressure group. . . . Service to the short-run interests of a pressure group is not conducive to the development of those qualities which make a great statesman. Statesmanship is invariably long-run policy; pressure groups do not […]

Freedom Under Siege

Foreword Every American who cares about liberty owes a debt to Ron Paul. From his first run for Congress in 1974 through his gallant try for the Senate in 1984 to his present campaign as Presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, Ron Paul has been an outstanding leader for freedom. I had the privilege of working as Dr. […]

The Law

FOREWORD Anyone building a personal library of liberty must include in it a copy of Frédéric Bastiat’s classic essay, “The Law.” First published in 1850 by the great French economist and journalist, it is as clear a statement as has ever been made of the original American ideal of government, as proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, that the main purpose […]

Rise and Fall of Society

Foreword IT IS HARD to think of an age which, with less reason, has been more smugly self-satisfied than ours. The orthodoxies of the most solidly established high religious ages, founded as they were upon a belief in the transcendent sources of truth, have always been safeguarded by their very belief in the transcendent from the idolatry of man’s worship of […]

Do You Hate the State?

By Murray N. Rothbard Originally published in The Libertarian Forum, Vol. 10, No. 7, July 1977. I have been ruminating recently on what are the crucial questions that divide libertarians. Some that have received a lot of attention in the last few years are: anarcho-capitalism vs. limited government, abolitionism vs. gradualism, natural rights vs. utilitarianism, […]