Widespread disgust with and/or mistrust of traditional political parties leaves many Americans looking for another way—and curious about libertarians and libertarianism. But what, exactly, does being a libertarian mean?
This engagingly written introduction examines modern libertarianism and its answers to today's most pressing issues—the economy, war, health care, and more.
As government grows by leaps and bounds, libertarianism is receiving more attention than ever. Written from a contemporary perspective by an attorney and law professor who is also an award-winning journalist, Libertarianism Today provides an engaging introduction to the movement's ideas and people, serving as a jumping-off point for readers who want to know more.
Beginning with the general libertarian principle that one person cannot initiate force against another, even if that person is part of the government, the book examines the implications of this principle for a wide range of contemporary issues: war, health care, personal liberties, economic policy, monetary policy, and intellectual property rights. It introduces the people behind the libertarian movement and explores the strategies—including education, activism, and litigation—libertarians are pursuing to advance their ideas. By laying out the current state of the movement, author J. H. Huebert shows how, even as it gets more mainstream-media exposure than ever, today's libertarian movement has only become more radically opposed to the Washington DC status quo.
• Endnotes and lists of recommended readings for each topic covered point readers to additional books and articles
• Enables the intelligent lay reader, with little to no background in libertarianism, to easily understand the libertarian idea, its application to important issues, and how libertarians are advancing their causes
• Gives "a libertarian sorting out" to issues such as the Iraq War and current economic conditions
• Rather than emphasizing theory, the work emphasizes the application of libertarian ideas to current and recent events
• Provides more details on how libertarians have taken action to advance their ideas than previous introductions to the movement