It’s winter and in most places the weather makes staying inside an appetizing option versus going out in the cold and snow. There are many books most libertarians have read such as Economics in One Lesson, Atlas Shrugged, Stranger in a Strange Land, and many more. Although there are several books that have been released that have very interesting insights and arguments released over the last few years that any libertarian should have in their arsenal. Check them out below.
Healthcare is an issue now more than ever with the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. People will be asking what happens now? How should healthcare be provided? In answering these questions this is by far the best book on the subject. Going into the history of how the U.S. healthcare system has arrived to where it is now and how policy and personal decisions can help deal with it, this book delivers what you need to speak on this issue with authority.
While libertarians are great at making arguments for free markets and free people using philosophy, history and economics this book makes the case for liberty on a while new level. In this book Paul Zak discusses the effects of oxytocin and how we are biologically wired for markets and voluntary cooperation. A must read for all libertarians with some very humorous stories.
Luigi Zinglaes grew up in Italy seeing what happens to opportunity when government control rewards those who are connected instead of those with better ideas or skills. In this book Luigi spends his time discussing how to promote free market capitalism with a populist appeal, something many of us libertarians could apply a little more of when appealing to non-libertarians.
Another great aspect in the economic arguments for free markets is not whether government is effective or ineffective but the evolution of institutions and how they can evolve and adapt quicker when people are free. This book compiles interviews with several economists on the subject institutions in society and how they can make all the different in which societies succeed and grow or fail.
Now this is a not book about libertarianism nor is it written by a libertarian but an important book nonetheless (remember, non-libertarians have plenty of useful stuff to say too!). Proofiness is all about how statistics can be used to make any argument and many of the statistics we hear on a regular basis say anything other than what the media and pundits claim. This book packs the intellectual spice to allow you to effectively point out flaws in arguments that depend too heavily on a single data point. (Like issues with many of the arguments Thomas Piketty makes in his works)