Dec
16

Top 10 Libertarian (and Christian) Books for 2013

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bonhoeffer_biography_metaxasEvery year, I try to highlight some of the best recent and classic books about Christianity, libertarianism, and the books addressing both at the same time. Last year I was not able to put together a list, so I have included a few books from 2012 as a result. Any of these would make for a great gift for a friend or good reading material in the upcoming year for you. And of course, you can find much more in LCC’s other book lists, or in our little bookstore. So without further adieu and in no particular order…

1. Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – This essential new biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by the same man who authored Amazing Grace (also a hit movie), pays special attention to Bonhoeffer’s political involvement during the rise of Nazi Germany. LCC will be reviewing this book in early 2014.

2. Anthony Gregory, Habeas Corpus in America – Although this book is expensive, anyone with an interest in the legal history of one of the most important principles of the last thousand years ought to find a way to read it. LCC will be reviewing this book VERY soon.

3. Radley Balko, Rise of the Warrior Cop – I have not had the opportunity to read this yet but everyone is raving about Balko’s latest book smashing the police state. I just acquired a copy and will be reviewing it in early 2014.

4. Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, Declaration of Independents (2012) – These two Reason.org luminaries have written a great book explaining why libertarianism has the best potential to solve the pressing problems in America. This is a good reading for all libertarians, and a stepping stone for those on the fence about libertarianism but consider themselves in the “independent” camp (which includes a lot of people).

5. Hans-Hermann Hoppe, The Great Fiction – Hoppe may be a controversial figure, but one cannot deny that he has a great way of explaining the nature of the state. This book continues Hoppe’s excellent work on anarcho-capitalism and libertarian theory.

6. Laurence Vance, The War on Drugs is a War on Freedom – This is a collection of great essays by LCC author Laurence Vance all about the War on Drugs. Besides making the general libertarian case against the War on Drugs, he also makes very clear why Christians should oppose it as well. Read the LCC review of the book here.

7. Laurence Vance, War, Christianity, and the State – Vance’s latest book is a definitive compilation of his essays against war. His work is well worth studying and understanding, and you cannot help but benefit from his persistent work opposing the warfare state from a Christian perspective.

Defending-the-Free-Market38. Robert Sirico, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy – The good Reverend has blessed us with a  wonderful book presenting why the free market is the most moral and productive way to provide for the common good of the world. Whether food, health care, or advanced electronics, the marketplace works and government fails. The only moral economic position out there is that men and women should be free to cooperate, and the world shall benefit as a result.

9. Mark Henderson, The Soul of Atlas – Henderson’s recently released book explores a very controversial topic: reconciling Christianity and the philosophy of Ayn Rand. He does this through an exploration of the views of his biological father, a Christian, and his stepfather, a die-hard Objectivist. Any Christian with an interest in Rand will probably benefit from Mark’s frank discussions. If you have Amazon Prime, you can even read it on your Kindle for free. LCC will be reviewing this book very soon.

10. Lawrence Reed, Are We Good Enough for Liberty? – This great little book by Lawrence Reed presents the critical idea that character and virtue are essential in a free society. It also includes the classic essay by Leonard Read entitled “I, Pencil”, from which Lawrence draws an additional point about character, especially humility. It has been published as part of FEE’s Blinking Lights Project. You can get a free PDF to check it out here.

BONUS #11. Copperhead (Movie) – Ron Maxwell’s recent film contains a wonderful message for our time about the importance of peace. The explicitly Christian take on war is striking. Read the LCC review of the film and watch it as soon as you can. You won’t regret it!

What other books have you read this year that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments, and have a merry Christmas!

Norman Horn

Norman is the founder and editor of LibertarianChristians.com. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology.

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  • http://letterofliberty.blogspot.com/ Anand Venigalla

    Thanks for the list. I haven’t read through the entire book BONHOEFFFER, but I did get to read some of the beginning so far. As to Nick Gillespe and Matt Welch’s book, I have some slight issue with how they define libertarianism (for more info, see these articles from David Gordon:
    http://archive.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon90.1.html
    http://archive.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon91.1.html

    And will you ever include Rothbard’s ETHICS OF LIBERTY in any book list of yours? I know that you do sell it in your bookstore, but I haven’t seen much of a discussion of that book. While you do include FOR A NEW LIBERTY (which I am currently reading), it would be interesting for you to include Rothbard’s philosophical masterpiece (I haven’t read the whole of it, but I did read the first part on natural law, and while I don’t subscribe to every jot and tittle of what he says, I find it an interesting and valid viewpoint too; in fact, he succinctly shows that natural law and natural rights are in actuality far from “conservative”).

  • http://libertarianchristians.com Norman Horn

    Ethics of Liberty is a great book, but this year I wanted to focus on more recently released works. I generally recommend EoL after reading a few others.

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  • Steve Irby

    Ethics is a great book and not one I send recent converts or those who I am trying to convert to AnCap to. It totally rocked my philosophy and was and is one that I think is at the top of any liberty minded person. Rothbard is to liberty what Pasteur is to milk.

  • http://libertarianchristians.com Norman Horn

    But what if I think raw milk is the best?

  • Steve Irby

    Then it is called unpasteurized. See, you must have Pasteur in the picture. His influence is in the positive or the negative. As is Rothbard. To be without liberty is to be unrothbardized. Or I could say: Rothbard is to Liberty what Zeppelin was to Rock; what Python was to Brit comedy; what Hayek was to bad philosophy (i.e. Constitution of Liberty). I miss seeing you on FB, Norm. But I had to del my acct. I was spending too much time on it (and the UFC finally stopped putting their prelim fights on there so I wasnt missing anything). But I do miss the great discussion.

  • http://libertarianchristians.com Norman Horn

    Hahaha, alright Steve I gotcha. We miss you on FB too!

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