February 2

Ep. 0093: 10 Books to Slay the State

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The Law by Frederic Bastiat
  • The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude by Etienne de la Boetie
  • The State by Franz Oppenheimer
  • Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America by Edmund Morgan
  • No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner
  • Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes by Jacques Ellul
  • The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard
  • Death by Government by R.J. Rummel
  • The Art of Not Being Governed by James C. Scott
  • Notes on Democracy by H.L. Mencken
  • Plus several other ‘honorable mentions’ that for one reason or another didn’t quite make this top 10 list

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Posted February 2, 2016 by profcj in category "Book Reviews", "Concepts and Theories", "Podcasts


  1. By Halsingen on

    Interesting that you didn’t mention Hans Hermann Hoppe at all! In some libertarian circles he is lauded as the major ideological figurehead. See for example the coat of arms for the Mises Institute in Sweden:


    I’m personally pretty ambivalent towards him. One moment he can be brilliant, and in the next write homophobic and racist stuff that make you facepalm.

    Living in Europe’s most intense war-zone where the atrocities against the civilian population makes the hairs on your neck rise, and in former Eastern Denmark (Scania) where the Swedish monarchy carried out a genocide (the population decreased by 40%), I also have a huge problem with his view of history.


    His thesis is that states earlier under monarchical rulers waged “gentleman’s wars” that followed the laws of war, which stipulated that the war would be carried out by soldiers, and not be directed against civilians, before the “modern age total war”.

    He also consciously confuses the difference between Eigentum (property) and Besitz (fief) when he argues that monarchies were more libertarian than democracies.


    And beacuse he is a “border-Nazi”, most Swedish libertarians actually celebrated when Stockholm restored the “Berlin Wall” in Greater Copenhagen last month.


    Would you consider Hoppe, like Ayn Rand, as a false prophet?

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