Re: Libertarian Economics

Chris R. Tame (
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 03:13:24 +0100

In message <>, Joao Pedro
<> writes
>I have some questions about economical principles, some regarding
>free-markets and libertarian ideals and since many of you seem to
>support libertarianism, complete individual freedom, free-markets, etc,
>I wondered if you could answer my doubts.
>Let's start:
>Are most of you, extropians, libertarians?
>Why do you think free-markets are the best economical solution?
>In today's world, it's almost impossible to do something without
>affecting other persons, still why do you claim individual freedom and
>an almost cult of individual property so important?
>Complete freedom in economies will bring to the scene big corporations
>instead of small, local business. Won't this corporations have too much
>power and therefore harming everyone (the consumers and general public)
>but themselves? Do you think the economy should be based on small
>business or big corporations?
>What do you think of environmental issues? Do you think technology will
>always give us the solutions to all our problems?
>What do you think the intervention of government in economy should be?
>Guess that's all but I'm sure that whatever your answers will be, I'll
>have other questions waiting.
>Thanks in advance,
Doesn't anyone read books anymore? Why do so many people on the net ask
elementary questions which are much more satisfactorily answered by
going to the basic literature rather than by a flurry of incomplete or
sketchy net responses? Who wants to spend time typing in elementary
introductions to basic libertarian thought?

Joao, check out the Laissez Faire Books catlogue at:

Good introductions are:

* Murray Rothbard's, Man, Economy and State; Power and Market; and The
Ethics of Liberty.

*Ayn Rand's Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

*George Reisman, Capitalism: A Treatise in Economics

*John Hospers, Libertarianism: A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow

*David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom

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