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Please help me develop my understanding of libertarian thought

[Nystrom note: This thread was formerly titled, simply Help! I changed it to this.]

Does anyone have some good books or websites where I could develop my libertarian arguments. Sometimes I find myself getting stuck when trying to get my message across.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

There is this place called the Daily Paul

And as Joη points out below, a more descriptive post title will Help!

With this one, one might think you're drowning. Which, who knows, perhaps you are - drowning is Libertarian thought, that is.

But its a silly time to learn to swim when you start to drown (its a silly time to learn to swim on the way down). So maybe it is better to start learning to swim before getting into arguments.

An excellent first place to start would be Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics

Read it. Understand it. Don't get into any more arguments until you've done so.

If anything doesn't make sense, come back here and ask. People will explain it to you.

BTW, I'm retitling your post to hopefully get some more traction for you.

Joη's picture

step 1: more descriptively title your post

so others will better know whether they can help you.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

"The Law" by Frederic Bastiat should be first

Any of Ron Paul's books are excellent. If you read "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt youll know more about economics than everyone you know combined, and more than most Nobel prize winning economists.

Also, go to every day. I mean it. They update daily, and have a limitless library full of awesome resources. Download the video and audio lectures and listen to them at work or while you're driving. Read the comments section after the articles.

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito

2 types of libertarian arguments

You can either present the moral argument or the utilitarian argument.

I like to use both when I can. Stefan has an article about this here.

Learn the non-aggression principle. It is what libertarianism is all about.

Also watch this 4 min. video -



Southern Agrarian,,,,

Ventura 2012 has everything you has everything you can ever dream of. Start there

Care to winnow that down?

"Libertarian" is a big tent - what aspect are you tripping up on?
If you always start with the basic premise of "I own my life" it ought to help.

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The argument

...was over the deficit brought up by a news article at dailybail. While he was referring to the blame game and who caused the deficit. I was trying to get him to see the bigger picture of how the parties are the same. That the federal reserve is the product of bipartisan agreement. We talked about spending cuts and not raising taxes. I didn't want to leave that area of language because I know truth can be overwhelming. The guy is smart, I cannot deny him that but he is smart in all the farthest left thinking. I am fighting out of my league but fighting nonetheless. My problem is probably more along the lines of; how a Libertairian would go about cutting the deficit? As well as, wake someone up to see the parties are more similar than different.

"Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security." - Dr. Ron Paul