Realizing Freedom by Tom Palmer

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.

http://www.cato.org/jwmediaplayer44/player.swf

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.

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2 responses to “Realizing Freedom by Tom Palmer

  1. Have you read the exchange between Tom Palmer and Jeffrey Friedman in Critical Review–“What’s wrong with libertarianism?”?

    It’s great food for thought. I still haven’t decided who won the debate.

    http://tomgpalmer.com/selected-publications/

  2. Have you read the exchange between Tom Palmer and Jeffrey Friedman in Critical Review–“What’s wrong with libertarianism?”?

    It’s great food for thought. I still haven’t decided who won the debate.

    http://tomgpalmer.com/selected-publications/

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