Popular Culture

Politics is downstream from culture, as Andrew Breitbart used to say. Think what you want of the outfit that now bears his name, which has morphed greatly from what he had left behind before his death, but Andrew Breitbart was very astute in understanding that if you change the cultural narrative you can alter the political landscape as a consequence.

This phrase confirms another sentiment expressed by many libertarians over the years regarding the nature of a democratic government: politicians need to get re-elected. They will tend not to act upon something that is unpopular or if it is not accepted within their culture. Therefore an ideology must have already achieved critical mass in the hearts of the people before legislation can be passed to set it in stone. Continue reading “Popular Culture”

Getting Things Done

There’s the old inflation/money printing joke about Bernanke going into a pizza parlor and ordering a pizza. The guy behind the counter asks “How many slices should I cut the pizza into – six or eight?” to which Bernanke responds “I’m hungry today, better make that eight!”

I have a different question: what would you do with the extra hour if we had a 25-hour day? I’m not trying to redefine how long an hour is, I’m genuinely asking you if you had an extra hour a day, what would you spend it on? Continue reading “Getting Things Done”

Personal Development

Between education, entrepreneurship, communication skills and other such important topics, personal development forms a key component of one’s path to personal freedom. No human is perfect and while we ought to balance the recognition of this fact with self-esteem and acceptance of our nature, there is room for improvement in us all (and if nothing else, there is room for us to at least maintain our level of awesomeness).

I’ve included books covering important components of personal development and tools to increase your efficiency. These include productivity and time management methodologies (such as the highly recommended Getting Things Done or GTD), leadership skills, creativity, resilience, organizational skills and many more, all of which require the formation of great habits, self-discipline and willpower. Other intriguing topics like stoicism and minimalism are covered too.

Topics related with personal development include physical and mental wellbeing as well as psychology, which I will cover in my next post.

I know I keep saying that each group of topics is crucial. Indeed if it’s not, why include it in my site? But mastering some of these techniques, creating the right habits, prioritizing your work, etc. have a significant and lasting impact on the rest of your path to self-education and personal freedom.

These books are not necessarily written by people who share all the same views that are common to many guests of Books of Liberty. So please join the conversation and provide other members your comments, reviews and unique insights as to how you applied these concepts to your lives. And as always, thank you for reading!

Financial Freedom

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!

Economics

The economics category, as expected, is very well represented within Books of Liberty. If I’d had to guess, I might even say most of the people coming to this site have an above average understanding of this subject compared to their peers.

Of all the economics books, around half are explicitly Austrian Economics texts, and (with a significant overlap) around half discuss monetary theory. You may search specifically for economic treatises or books about economists; you will find historical or theoretical accounts of financial crises; you will stumble upon recent books on crypto-currencies (like bitcoin), books covering topics like income or wealth inequality, as well as more technical subjects like price theory, monopoly, division of labor, public choice theory and others. Additionally, critiques of Keynesian economics are to be found throughout the books in this category.

Of the Austrian Economics books, the largest portion discuss The Austrian Business Cycle and praxeology or human action, but you will find many covering, to one degree or another, topics like time preference, capital and interest, subjective value, and economic calculation, to name a few.

And for those interested in currency or money, whether sound money or fiat money, you will find books arguing the benefits of the gold standard, debates on inflation and deflation, banking, central banks and the Federal Reserve specifically.

As you will see, there are very detailed topic tags in this sections and I’ve tried capturing the details accurately, but if I’ve missed or misapplied a topic, please feel free to contact us with any corrections.

At the heart of the free market system of unregulated, voluntary trade stands capitalism and its emphasis on private property. Unsurprisingly, a large collection of books are available on this subject, many of which outline quite clearly the fundamentals and the outcomes of capitalism, especially in contrast to other economic systems like socialism. Additional related topics, such as free trade, decentralization, risk, uncertainty, and the market process can be found in such books.

These books are extremely important! Economics is one of the fundamental topics where so many people seriously lack an understanding. I’m sure you know someone who might benefit to be pointed in this direction. Don’t keep Books of Liberty to yourself. And as always, thank you for reading!

Personal Freedom

Since the mission of Books of Liberty is to help you find content to free your mind, you can’t go wrong with clicking on personal freedom and seeing where it takes you.

Topics that are likely to be correlated with personal freedom include education and critical thinking, entrepreneurship or other means of achieving financial freedom in your life, physical and mental wellbeing, and for the parents out there we have books on peaceful parenting and some reading ideas for your own young readers.

The books within these topics are generally not ones you’d closely associate with the philosophy of liberty, and more often than not, written by authors who probably do not ascribe to the political or economic viewpoints of the majority of our members. But it’s exactly the reason why I wanted to create Books of Liberty – to bring together a wide variety of books that will enable you to ‘free yourself’ in every aspect of your life.

Let me know what you think about the synergy this brings to you, as you incorporate these topics with the traditional topics (e.g. politics, history and economics) that are more popular in these circles. And as always, thank you for reading!