As a matter of personal interest, I have studied, political science, law, economics (sometimes called the dismal science) and history. Over the years I have gathered together a number of books related to these topics and built a small library of what I call liberty titles, or, my Liberty Library.
Here is a short list of some notable titles. They are arranged in no particular order, but I believe these are books that can help to educate people about the benefits of the liberty philosophy.
Also by von Mises; Bureaucracy and another titled Planning for Freedom. You may learn more at the von Mises Institute.
The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich Hayek was published in 1943, the same year as Rose Wilder Lane published The Discovery of Freedom. These two titles together are exceptional defenses of personal liberty and the free-market system,
Capitalism and Freedom, by Milton Friedman. Friedman was one of the earliest chairmen of the Federal Reserve Banking system and before his death, he made a point of explaining that the idea of the FED had passed its usefulness and perhaps even been a mistake.
A fantastic read that I have mentioned in a previous article, titled, The Creature From Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin. This is an expansive work that unveils the mystery surrounding the cartel controlling America’s monetary policy and influencing much of this nation’s foreign policy.
The Flight From Reality, by Clarence Carson. Carson also wrote a 5 volume series on the history of the United States from the Colonial Period (1607 – 1774) to the Welfare State (1929 – 1985). That series is an exceptional study of American history, with many important facts that are often ignored in school textbooks. .
Government and Legal Plunder, by Dean Russel.
James Bovard is a modern day scholar of issues related to liberty. He has been an indefatigable proponent of freedom in a world that has seemingly gone mad with excessive taxation and burdensome regulations. His book, Lost Rights, explains at length how Americans have been steadily losing the rights that have been taken for granted by many generations.
In contrast to the liberty philosophy is an economic policy and political system based on the use of coercive force. This system is an omnipresent central government called, Communism. As an advocate for liberty, I say with confidence that Communism is a failed system at every level and by any reasonable measure. This point is amply demonstrated throughout the masterful work that was first published in 1999 — ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Black Book of Communism (Crimes, Terror, Repression) by Stephane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panne, Andrzej Paczkpwski, Karel Bartosek, Jean-Louis Margolin and translated by Johnathan Murphy. This phenomenal documentation of the crimes committed by Communists in several countries, comprises more than 700 pages of bone-chilling research into that dark period of the 20th Century, when many governments were overrun by this scourge that resulted in the deaths (by starvation, execution without trail and mass murder) of more than 100 million souls worldwide .
These books are a sampling from my Liberty Library. Throughout the article, I have tried to offer links to free PDF or comprehensive reviews by peers of each author and their respective texts. If you love liberty, this list is a great starting point to educate yourself on the fundamental principles.