I tend to find myself in the minority among friends with the viewpoints I hold as a libertarian and a Christian. I can frustrate my conservative and progressive friends at the same time in a single statement. I have had to learn to navigate the high seas of conservativism and progressivism, knowing that I can find some common ground among both.
A progressive friend of mine is the supervising an independent study for a doctoral student, and asked me to suggest some reading materials from the free market/Austrian economics perspective. There are plenty of materials I had to forego, not because I found them lacking in value (I really wanted to suggest everything ever written by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.!), but because it was a doctoral student looking for some academic works. After consulting with Art Carden and Norman Horn, I responded with the following list:
Bastiat Collection – Best works from within are The Law and That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen
Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
Man, Economy, and State by Murray Rothbard
Capital and Interest by Bohm-Bawerk
Principles of Economics by Carl Menger
Applied Theory of Price by Donald McCloskey
Individualism and Economic Order by F.A. Hayek
Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
There’s also a wealth of materials on econlib.org
I also added the following: “You can read Keynes’s General Theory, but honestly Keynes is part of the reason we have a consumerism problem (The whole, ‘Feed the addiction to keep economy growing’ approach!).”
For those of you looking to suggest reading materials for your friends, mind your audience. If the author labels every minor deviation from complete and total free markets as “socialist,” then that author will be unlikely to speak meaningfully to the progressive. Likewise, a conservative reader may be rather turned off by harsh criticism of those who adhere to a “God and country” viewpoint. Remember that everyone is at a different point in a journey, and if you wish to reach them, then meet them where they are. Otherwise, you are probably wasting your time.
EconPop combines three of my favorite things in their latest episode: economics, movies, and LEGOs! The LEGO Movie was one of the best films I have seen in the past year, and I recommend it for the entire family. Besides being utterly hilarious, you get some sound economics on the side. After you see it, watch this EconPop video:
We are only a few short days away from the Christians for Liberty Conference, and we need to take a moment and recognize our stupendous sponsors for their support.
We encourage all participants to make sure and visit their exhibitor tables, talk to their representatives, and thank them for being so generous. These organizations are coming from around the country to see you! Click on their logos below to learn more about these great organizations.
I commend these organizations to you and hope that you learn something new from each of them.
The first-ever Christians for Liberty Conference will be taking place this weekend and registration closes at the end of Tuesday night so that we can plan accordingly for food. Registration is just $30 for adults, $15 for students. The main event is Saturday from 9am to 8pm and includes lunch, dinner, and welcome coffee/pastries. It will be held at St. Edwards University Ragsdale Center in Austin, Texas. Learn more and register here:
We have a stellar lineup of speakers from a variety of backgrounds, check out the full schedule here:
On Friday night, we have a panel discussion (with copious quantities of Blue Bell ice cream) including Pat Dixon, Lauren Daugherty, Jason Rink, and Norman Horn with an activism theme. It will be at the University Avenue Church of Christ campus center, which is on MLK drive across from the Texas History Museum. More details here:
On Sunday afternoon, we will have a very brief devotional service and open discussion (theme: frontiers of research and activism for Christian libertarians), also at the University Avenue Church of Christ. More details here:
There’s not much time left, so get registered today!
The Christians for Liberty Conference is just one week away! If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time – so click here and register today. I am proud to make two special announcements today regarding the conference.
First, as many of you know I promised that for those who wanted to come early and stay late we would have some optional fun events for you on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. We previously had announced a Friday night panel discussion and ice cream social and we hope all of you will have a chance to join us. Now I want to invite you to a Sunday afternoon devotional and open discussion for all attendees! Our “theme” for the discussion will be “frontiers of research and activism for Christian libertarianism”, but we welcome any of those tough questions you’ve been dying to ask. I wanted to build as much quality fellowship time into this conference as I could, and this will be a great opportunity for worshiping together and for thinking about what we are going to do with what we learned over the weekend after we get home. Like Friday night, the event will be held in the University Avenue Church of Christ Campus Center (click here for directions to the church), and we will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end… whenever we get kicked out of the building!
Second, we are thrilled to welcome the Acton Institute as a sponsor of the conference and Ray Nothstine as a speaker! Ray is the Managing Editor of Acton’s Religion & Liberty journal. In 2005, Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford. Before coming to Acton, Ray worked as a free-lance writer for several organizations, including the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He gained ministry experience in churches in Mississippi and Kentucky. After college, he also served on the staff of U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss) in Gulfport in 2001-02. The son of a retired Air Force pilot, Ray has also lived in Okinawa, Philadelphia, New England, Hawaii, and Egypt.
Once more, you can still sign up for the Christians for Liberty Conference — click here to register. We can’t wait to see you in Austin!