If you’re interested in defending free markets, I highly recommend listening to or watching Tom Palmer‘s talk about his new book, Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice at a Cato Institute book forum last week. Tyler Cowen’s comments about it are also worthwhile.
The event and book sites linked above summarize the content. There’s also a link to the mp3 version, which you can split up into separate tracks using a nifty program like Slice Audio File Splitter. (Yes, my media player is old & lacks a bookmarking feature.)
Here’s an excerpt of a book review by Alberto Benegas-Lynch, Jr. of the National Academy of Sciences
in Buenos Aires , Argentina:
Civilization means understanding and endorsing certain values and principles, which in turn depends on an open debate of ideas. This collection of essays provides a unique and insightful perspective on classical liberalism. Palmer’s arguments are powerful and combine the abstract with the tangible in unusually well written and thoroughly researched essays. They are a philosophical feast, touching on a board range of topics. It is an honest and outspoken voice. It is entertaining and enlightening. The essays are a sweeping blow to those who advocate collectivism and they reinforce the stand of those of us who believe that a free society is a much better place to live for all persons of good will.