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Liberty Book Review & Digital Library

From time to time I have run across great book reviews on the DP.

As such, I thought it might be helpful to begin a thread solely dedicated to reviews on books that have to do with the topic of liberty. How I propose this review process to work:

1) Only review books and other print material.

2) Reviews of books to be posted in the comments section of this post.

3) If the Book is available online then add the link to download or purchase in the post. Please mention if the book is free or not. If not free then please post the current list price.

4) If the Book review get's 10+ up-votes, then I will add the book to a "QuickList" in the main post along with the link to download for quick referencing.

5) If you like this idea, then please up-vote the post rather than making a comment. This will hopefully keep the comments section focused on reviews and make it easier to read through.


That's pretty much it. I will start the first book review in a post below.

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The Law, Frédéric Bastiat

Publish Date: 1850
Rating: 5/5
Pages: 70
Digital version available: Yes
Cost: FREE
Link to Download: https://app.box.com/s/29izv3hwqdx236ifscd8

It is amazing to me how a book that is 160+ years old can seem like it was written only yesterday. It is a strong testament to the enduring quality of the ideas of Liberty that Bastiat put forth.

In "The Law" Bastiat makes a concise and strong case against Socialism, Communisim, and all other form's of tyranny that hide behind the Law and use it to advance their agendas.

Bastiat defines the Law as "the organization of the natural right of lawful defense. It is the substitution of a common force for individual forces. And this common force is to do only what the individual forces have a natural and lawful right to do: to protect persons, liberties, and properties; to maintain the right of each, and to cause justice to reign over us all." That is only one of many quotable passages in the book so break out your highlighter!

I believe the arguments made in "The Law" are foundational for all liberty lovers to know and understand. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to make a case against the liberal/socialist mindset in our nation that believes it can use the force of law to proactively do good.