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Rating for this product is 5 out of 5)
A classic on why Big
Government is more harmful than necessary.
A reviewer (ewillers@Laissez-FaireRepublic.com), 10/26/2007
After more than 35 years the phenomenal classic on the
American libertarian philosophy is now back in print and available to a
new generation of readers interested in the free-market alternative to
socialism and 'liberalism' in the United States. In the tradition of Bastiat,
Hazlitt, von Mises, and Rand, Prof. Hospers dispatches one Big-Government
cliché and fallacy after another in clear and understandable English.
An important resource in the arsenal of liberty, this 2007 edition includes
a new preface by the author. The book that launched a movement can inspire
us all again in the struggle to recapture the spirit of American freedom
From the Publisher
from Leading Scholars
many decades, news reports on the intellectual activities of the younger
generation have been confined almost exclusively to advocates of statism
and collectivism. Only recently [in 1971] have there appeared the first
acknowledgements, in the newspapers, of a rising interest among the younger
generation in political philosophy that stands in radical contrast to this
authoritarian trend: Libertarianism.
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John Hospers, [former] Director of the School of Philosophy of the University
of Southern California, has given us, in the latest book, a clear statement
of the central political-economic of this young intellectual movement.
The book is offered, not as an original work of philosophy, but rather
as an attempt to delineate the major positions on which most Libertarians
would agree-and to answer many of the objections and questions with which
Libertarians have to contend.
is very simply and clearly written and requires no technical knowledge
on the part of the reader. Enjoyable, informative reading."
Branden, author of The Psychology of Self Esteem and The Disowned Self
"A most informative
and provocative up-to-date exposition of an historic political-economic
doctrine that has been having a rebirth, in a new and more sophisticated
formulation, in recent years."
E. Lean, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Brooklyn
College, of the City University of New York
"In days to come,
when Libertarianism is accepted as one of the major political philosophies,
and perhaps theprevailing one, Professor Hospers will be remembered as
one of its founding fathers. His magnificent work offers a true intellectual
foundation for all those who profess to be advocates of, or objective about,
personal, political, and economic freedom."
D. Kephart, Publisher of Human Events
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Also recommended: The Incredible Bread Machine
by R. W. Grant, Cliches of Liberalism by David Wilcox, The Law
by Frederic Bastiat, Economics In One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt, Anything
That's Peaceful by Leonard Read, Textbook of Americanism by
Ayn Rand, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
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