We like to think we live in a just society. We like to think the political system is a transparent one. For all their faults, we like to think that we elect legislators who enact laws strictly in line with their published party platform, predictably and benevolently. And due to the separation of powers, the executive only acts within the limits set by these laws.
As I was getting acquainted with the ideas of liberty I read many e-books and listened to many audio books courtesy of the Mises Institute. Almost every topic that came up went through the same process:
- Hey, Daniel! Here’s something you know about!
- Wha…? Wait! What’s going on? What are you saying about this topic that I am very familiar with and have strong, (supposedly) well-informed and grounded opinions on?
- Worldview shattered.
Long before I found voluntaryism I read Catch-22 and determined it to be my favorite book ever. Non-fiction aside, I don’t think this has changed in the couple of decades since I first read the book. I’d like to show in this post why I still love it and why I think you would love it too!
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As part of your overall personal freedom, achieving financial freedom allows you to live relatively unencumbered by the burdens of life. While difficult to realize and rare to find, this can be achieved through hard work and consistent dedication (or sheer luck, for some).
Either through entrepreneurship, finance and investing or by building streams of passive income, the opportunities presented within the books tagged here form a good starting point on the path to success.
Investing and understanding the world of finance is a critical part of achieving and maintaining financial freedom. Whether you invest in precious metals (such as gold or silver), design a Permanent Portfolio, take an interest in money management or retirement planning, or whether you just want to know more about student loans, you will find that info here.
Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of capitalism and the free market system, and books on this topic are well represented. You can find books that provide insight to the entrepreneurial mindset, which, in my view, can be equally applied to those who are employed. This will increase your success in that context too.
But for those looking to bootstrap or start a business of their own, we would recommend the resources here discussing everything from marketing, public relations, copy writing and sales to books about competition, e-commerce or social media.
Don’t be shocked to find Austrian Economics books here, detailing the theoretical side of entrepreneurship and the place of the entrepreneur within the market process. A strong foundation will help those entrepreneurs in practice.
Within the business section you can also find books on the business organization (contrasting to bureaucracy of the State), on decision making, business growth, accounting, etc. While decision making may sometimes be covered in a book completely unrelated to business, it would be tagged to business if the benefits of such content can be applied to those entrepreneurs needing to make decisions for their venture. Likewise, entrepreneurial mindset can often be tagged to books describing characteristics that would prove valuable to an entrepreneur, even if they don’t relate directly to the entrepreneurial space.
Many of these books, you’ll find, are not written by authors who necessarily subscribe to the political or philosophical views common on this site. Nor are the books solely intended for this niche. But the intersection of all these topics are too meaningful to ignore. See what is awakened within you as you browse through these books. And as always, thank you for reading!
Sadly, where there is light, there must be shadow and the topics you’d find in this category pertain to the darker parts of human existence. I’ve included some books that espouse such ideals, for instance various communist treatises, books that advocate various forms of socialism, or those that hail democracy as some crowning achievement of mankind.
I, for one, feel that it is important to know the arguments of the opposing side to strengthen your understanding of your own position. There is much in favor of purposefully exposing yourself to material with which you viscerally and intellectually disagree. But if you do buy these books and enrich the authors or their publishers, please use our affiliate links so that at least a liberty-loving outfit such as mine would gain a buck or two out of this deal…
Aside from a few books that support such views, the majority of the titles tagged with the above topics are there to shine light on, and provide a critique of these views.
Other anti-individualist topics include: the seemingly benign bureaucracy that makes the State inefficient; the deceptive egalitarianism and the nanny state, a path paved with good intentions that we all know where it leads (hint: may include redistribution of wealth and slavery); the outright evil in ideologies such as Fascism and Marxism that lead to despotism, dictatorship, tyranny and totalitarianism; and crony capitalism (corporatism) and its predecessor mercantilism, which masquerades as capitalism in most people’s minds and leads to anti-capitalist views.
So what say you? Are you ready for the dark side? Browse through the books on both sides of the argument and you will increase your chances of either finding common ground or predicting your opponents’ objections. And as always, thank you for reading!