The Foundations of Morality

Here is Hazlitt‘s major philosophical work, in which he grounds a policy of private property and free markets in an ethic of classical utilitarianism, understood in the way Mises understood that term. In writing this book, Hazlitt is reviving an 18th and 19th century tradition in which economists wrote not only about strictly economic issues […]

The Privatization of Roads and Highways

The Mises Institute is pleased to introduce Walter Block‘s remarkable new treatise on private roads, a 494-page book that will cause you to rethink the whole of the way modern transportation networks operate. It is bold, innovative, radical, compelling, and shows how free-market economic theory is the clarifying lens through which to see the failures […]

Liberty: A Path to Its Recovery

F.A. Harper was a leader in the libertarian movement from the 1950s and onward. Here is his early manifesto (1949), in which he reveals a sophisticated understanding of free markets and freedom but had not yet, as he later did, come around completely to the Rothbardian view on the possibilities of society without the state. […]

The Writings of F. A. Harper, Volume 2: Shorter Essays

CONTENTS I. ECONOMICS The Free Market Perils of the Free Market, National and International Gaining the Free Market Fighting Fires Privately An Introduction to Value Theory Agriculture Improving the World’s Diet Is a Tremendous Problem The Food Situation The Government’s Agricultural Policy and Inflation Agriculture’s Sacred Seventh Inflation and Taxes Are Price Controls Necessary for the “Unprotected”? Stand-by Controls A […]

The Production of Security

by Gustave de Molinari The introduction to this stunning work is by Murray Rothbard, who calls French radical Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912) the great innovator in the market provision of security. Indeed, he might be regarded as the first proponent of what is called anarcho-capitalism. Molinari was steeped in the old liberal worldview of Bastiat and […]

I, Pencil

 by Leonard Read [From Anything That’s Peaceful: The Case for the Free Market, 1964] As I sat contemplating the miraculous make-up of an ordinary lead pencil, the thought flashed in mind: I’ll bet there isn’t a person on earth who knows how to make even so simple a thing as a pencil. If this could be demonstrated, it […]