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Kenneth Posted: Mon, Jan 11 2010 8:25 AM

I want to ask you about the books that I should read in sequence. I got introduced to libertarianism with the Ron Paul movement in the internet(even though I'm a Filipino and cannot be involved in US politics). Since then I have devoured articles on LRC, mises.org and freedomainradio.com and feel that I have exhausted mere articles on the internet. I am now looking for actual books to read about Austro-libertarianism instead of videos, podcasts, and articles. I have already read "Economics in One Lesson", "How and Economy Grows and Why it Doesn't" and various freedomainradio books. I downloaded the following books(which I have not read). Please tell me the sequence that I should read them.

1. Against IP by Stephan Kinsella

2. Economics and Ethics of Private Property by Hans Hermann Hoppe

3. Economic Science and the Austrian Method by Hans Hermann Hoppe

4. Ethics of Liberty by Murray Rothbard

5. For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard

6. In Defense of Extreme Apriorism by Murray Rothbard

7. A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism by Hans Hermann Hoppe

8. Theory and History by Ludwig von Mises

9. The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science by Ludwig von Mises

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Conza88 replied on Mon, Jan 11 2010 8:57 AM

Kenneth:
I want to ask you about the books that I should read in sequence. I got introduced to libertarianism with the Ron Paul movement in the internet(even though I'm a Filipino and cannot be involved in US politics). Since then I have devoured articles on LRC, mises.org and freedomainradio.com and feel that I have exhausted mere articles on the internet.

Welcome! Smile How are things in the Philippines? Would there be a use of translating works into the local languages, or do most speak English?

Kenneth:
I downloaded the following books(which I have not read)

Reading on a screen becomes hard, for me at least - I prefer books. If printing is cheap over there, you could possibly do that (international shipping costs are expensive), although bookdepository ships free anywhere in the world and is new books, super cheap. 

Kenneth:
Please tell me the sequence that I should read them.

It depends on what you are most interested in. Personally, if we are to stick to just these ones... remembering value is subjective, lol.. I'd break it up into the Austro & the Libertarian.

Austrian School (economics)

  1. In Defense of Extreme Apriorism by Murray Rothbard
  2. The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science by Ludwig von Mises
  3. Economic Science and the Austrian Method by Hans Hermann Hoppe

Libertarianism (political philosophy)

  1. For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard
  2. Ethics of Liberty by Murray Rothbard
  3. Economics and Ethics of Private Property by Hans Hermann Hoppe
  4. Against IP by Stephan Kinsella


Theory and History by Ludwig von Mises

Ron Paul is for self-government when compared to the Constitution. He's an anarcho-capitalist. Proof.
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The advice given by the person above is correct. I would however recommend some other books.

Start with 'Economics for real people' by Gene Callahan. Probably the best introduction there is.

Your 4 books on Austrianism:

The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science by Ludwig von Mises

In Defense of Extreme Apriorism by Murray Rothbard

Economic Science and the Austrian Method by Hans Hermann Hoppe

Theory and History by Ludwig von Mises

are all methodological works. If that's the main point of your interest: fine, but that's not the whole of austrian economics.

Also: read the required readings for the Mises University. They are very good too.

The state is not the enemy. The idea of the state is. 

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Sage replied on Mon, Jan 11 2010 11:11 AM

In his "Austrian Theory of the Market Process" course, Pete Boettke uses Mises’ Human Action, Hayek’s Individualism and Economic Order, Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State, and Kirzner’s Competition and Entrepreneurship as required readings.

AnalyticalAnarchism.net - The Positive Political Economy of Anarchism

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Bert replied on Mon, Jan 11 2010 1:30 PM

Economics In One Lesson by Hazlitt, and The Case Against The Fed by Rothbard.

I had always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it, and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way. - Carl Jung, Man and His Symbols
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