Another reading list for anarcho-capitalists

Here is another list of reading materials that was first put together by some people at the Ron Paul Forums. It was later modified by the people at the Daily Anarchist. These lists can be useful, I hope you like this one as much as I did.

NOTE: I got a message that Tanner F Cartwright did almost the entire list originally. Many thanks to him!

Here it is: media page. FREE BOOKS! added 7/27/11

General/Introductions to Anarcho-Capitalism

Antimarket Ethics: A Praxeological Critique, part 1, Part two by Murray Rothbard (Rothbard destroys many common criticisms against the market, absolutely a must read, for minarchists too.)
The State is Not Great by Jacob Spinney
Anarcho-Capitalist FAQ by Hogeye Bill
The Obviousness of Anarchy by John Hasnas
Evil Monopolies Are Fairy Tales In Free Markets by Jacob Spinney (great video)
Fear of Monopoly by Brad Edmonds
Monopolies by D.T. Armentano (In an economy free of governmental regulation, wouldn’t a firm or group of firms obtain a monopoly over some vital resource or product?)
The Myth of Natural Monopoly by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Taxes are the price we pay to… by Mike P (taxation, self ownership, democracy)
What Is Anarchy? by Butler Shaffer
What Libertarianism Is by Stephan Kinsella
Disproving the State by Stefan Molyneux
The Non-Aggression Axiom of Libertarianism by Walter Block
The Death Wish of the Anarcho-Communists by Murray Rothbard
The Stateless Society: An Examination of Alternatives by Stefan Molyneux
Introduction to a Stateless Society Introduction list with multiple articles and authors
The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard
Society Without a State by Murray Rothbard (Rothbard defines the State and Anarchy here)
Forget The Argument From Efficiency by Stefan Molyneux
War, Peace, and the State by Murray Rothbard (philosophy on nukes here)
Why We Couldn’t Abolish Slavery Then and Can’t Abolish Government Now by Robert Higgs
Anarchy and the ‘Problem of the Commons’ by Stefan Molyneux
Toward a Universal Libertarian Theory  of  Gun  (Weapon) Control:a Spatial and Geographical Analysis by Walter Block (theory on nukes included)
Arguments Against Anarchy by Jarret B. Wollstein (warring defense agencies)
Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to Ten Objections by Roderick T. Long
Objectivism and The State: An Open Letter to Ayn Rand by Roy A. Childs, Jr.
Anarchism and Minarchism; No Rapproachment Possible: Reply to Tibor Machan by Walter Block
Anarchy by Pete Leeson (very good video.)
Introduction: The Six Questions, and FAQ by Stefan Molyneux, added 6/04/11
Are Libertarians “Anarchists”? by Murray Rothbard added 6/15/11
What Are You Calling ‘Anarchy’? by Robert P. Murphy added 6/15/11
What It Means To Be an Anarcho-Capitalist by Stephan Kinsella added 6/16/11
Market Anarchism: Are You Guys Crazy, or Just Nuts? by Stefan Molyneux added 6/16/11
Anarchy, Government, and the State by Sentient Void added 6/28/11
Privatize the Highways — and All Roads for That Matter by  by Zachary Slayback added 8/03/11
Creating Monopolies that Control Us by Mary Ruwart (answered objection: monopolies in a voluntary market) added 9/26/11
Is statism needed to protect against corporate monopolies? added 10/14/2011
Big Business will dominate the free market? added 10/14/2011
Milton Friedman on Monopolies added 10/14/2011
Tom Woods on Monopolies added 10/14/2011
The Free Market Solution to Poverty by Chase Rachels added 2/6/12

Anarchy, Law, and Security

Chaos Theory (Private Law and Defense) by Bob Murphy added 6/09/11
The Myth of the Rule of Law by John Hasnas
Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution by Murray Rothbard
The Possibility of Private Law by Robert P. Murphy
Customary Law with Private Means of Resolving Disputes and Dispensing Justice: A  Description of  a Modern System of  Law  and Order without State Coercion by Bruce L. Benson
Anarchism  and the  Public Goods Issue: Law, Courts, and the Police by David Osterfeld
Justice Entrepreneurship In a Free Market by George H. Smith
The Production of Security by Gustave de Molinari
Defense Services on the Free Market by Murray Rothbard
How Would An Anarchist Society Handle Child Abuse? by Walter Block
But Wouldn’t Warlords Take Over? by Robert P. Murphy
Criminal Private Courts by Murray Rothbard (awesome video, 10 mins)
Justice Without the State by Bruce L. Benson (short 3 min intro to private order)
How a Free Society Prevents the Re-emergence of a Government by Stefan Molyneux
The Stateless Society and the Protection of Children by Stefan Molyneux
Pollution by Murray Rothbard
Outlaw Protectors by Murray Rothbard (text of Criminal Private Courts)
Collective Defense by Stefan Molyneux
Against Intellectual Property by Stephan Kinsella ( Audio Book )   added 6/15/11
Polycentric Governance by Bruce L. Benson added 6/15/11
Anarchy Unbound, Or: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think by Pete Leeson added 6/15/11
The Possibility of Private Law by Robert P. Murphy added 6/15/11
Law and Appeals in a Free Society by Robert P. Murphy added 6/15/11
Warring Defense Agencies and Organized Crime by Morris and Linda Tannehill added 6/15/11
Private Defense Is No Laughing Matter By Robert P. Murphy added 6/15/11
Legislation and Law in a Free Society by Stephan Kinsella added 6/21/11
Legislation and the Discovery of Law in a Free Society by Stephan Kinsella added 6/21/11
State or Private Law Society? by Hans-Hermann Hoppe added 6/21/11 (video)
Answering the Warring Defense Agencies Objection by Murray Rothbard added 7/22/11
Legislation and Objective Law  by Morris and Linda Tannehill added 8/02/11
The Market for Security by Robert Murphy (video) added 8/12/11
Law without Government: Conflict Resolution in a Free Society by Graham Wright (video) added 8/20/11
How Could A Voluntary Society Function? by Nielsio (video) added 8/30/11
Polycentric Law in the New Millennium by Tom W. Bell added 9/01/11
Defending a Free Nation by Roderick T. Long added 9/28/11
Wouldn’t a private defense agency become criminal, or turn into a dictatorship, etc? video with Larken Rose and Marc Stevens added 10/29/11
Private Security and Dispute Resolution in a Free Society by JamesCarlin added 2/11/12
Libertarian Society: Won’t The Rich Take Over? by Walter Block added 3/14/12
The Market For Law by Bruce Benson (video) added 5/15/12
Law Without Taxation by Wesker1982 added 7/26/12

Social Contract

The Social Contract: Defined and Destroyed in under 5 mins by Stefan Molyneux
I’m Allowed to Rob You by Larken Rose (video)
Love it or Leave It by FearsEdge
The “social contract” is an empty concept by Mike P
If you don’t like it, leave — for a price by Geoffrey Allan Plauche
No Treason, The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner (video:
(downloadable audio )
Statist myths debunked: the social contract by lordthawkeye (video, under 3 mins) added 6/17/11
The Social Contract by Jacob Spinney (video, under 4 mins) added 6/17/11
Consent of the Governed? by Robert Higgs added 1/27/12
Exposing Another Political Fallacy – Physical Location Doesn’t Equal Presence Within a State by Marc Stevensadded 4/22/12
Taxation is Theft by Wesker1982 added 4/22/12
When Did I Sign This ‘Social Contract’? by Tom Woods added 8/7/12

Social Contract Debate:  + + +   added 8/14/11

Historical Examples

Medieval Iceland and the Absence of Government by Thomas Whiston
The Mild, Mild West by John Tierney
An American Experiment in Anarcho-Capitalism: The Not So Wild, Wild West by Terry L. Anderson and P.J. Hill
Ireland’s Success with the Free Market and Anarchism from For a New Liberty, I think.
Property Rights In Celtic Irish Law by Joseph R. Peden
Pennsylvania’s Anarchist Experiment: 1681-1690 by Murray Rothbard added 6/16/11
The Jurisprudence Of Polycentric Law by Tom W. Bell (includes Historical examples of polycentric legal systems) added 9/01/11
Law Prior to the State (Polycentric Law) by Tom W. Bell added 9/01/11
Customary Legal Systems with Voluntary Enforcement & The Rise of Authoritarian Law by Bruce L. Benson (from The Enterprise of Law) added 9/04/11
Voluntaryism and Protective Agencies in Historical Perspective by Carl Watner added 9/14/11
The English Experience With Private Protection by Roderick T. Long added 9/28/11


Living in a State-Run World by Murray Rothbard
May a Libertarian Take Money From the Government? by Walter Block
Is there a Human Right to Medical Insurance? by Walter Block
Libertarianism, Positive Obligations and Property Abandonment: Children’s Rights by Walter Block
Hobbes, Minarchism, and Anarchy by Stephen Krogh (short audio, 12 mins)
Anarchy and Democracy by Stefan Molyneux (video)
Taking Care of the Poor in a Free Society by Stefan Molyneux (video)
Mises Panel Discussion Live FAQ with Roderick Long, Walter Block, Jacob Huebert, Yuri Maltsev and Doug French (video)
Wage Slavery by Stargazer5781 (video)
The Immaculate Conception of the State by Murray Rothbard (The most important attempt in this century to rebut anarchism and to justify the State fails totally and in each of its parts.-Rothbard)
Somalia by Pete Leeson (short video.)
The Unconstitutionality of Slavery by Lysander Spooner added 6/10/11
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau added 6/10/11
Vices Are Not Crimes by Lysander Spooner added 6/15/11
Anarchy in Somalia by Bob P. Murphy added 6/30/11
Understanding Somalia and Anarchy (1:10:00 to 1:32:00) by Peter Leeson (The whole presentation is great, highly recommended.) added 6/30/11
The Tale of the Slave by Robert Nozick added 7/05/11
The Inner Contradictions of the State by Murray Rothbard (video) added 8/10/11
Somalia: Failed State, Economic Success? by Benjamin Powell added 12/11/11
Somali “Anarchy” Is More Orderly than Somali Government by Benjamin Powell added 12/11/11
The Morality of Human Nature by Murray Rothbard (pretty much the myth of the State debunked in a couple of paragraphs, lol Rothbard.) added 1/21/12

Various Informative Forum Discussions and Posts

How might child abuse be handled in a stateless society?
Minarchists or Anarchists?
Some problematic scenarios (for anarchy)
Two reputable courts producing different decisions
Short FAQ (funding,children,roads)
Dispute Resolution System in a Libertarian Society
Somalia, Criminal Courts, Anarchic Ireland
Help me understand anarcho-capitalism… (basically a FAQ thread)
Voluntary Law Society Questions Answered and and added 8/06/11
Law Without Government and added 8/06/11


8 thoughts on “Another reading list for anarcho-capitalists

  1. Well bless your heart, it is a good list and I have already added it to my little collection of such lists. And thanks for letting us know that you did it. I’ll edit my post to reflect that.

  2. Thanks! I appreciate it a lot. It took a long time to originally compile and I have been adding to it since it started. It is interesting that it is getting around because the subforum I originally posted it on allows access to members only. You cannot even see the subforum unless you are registered member. The original purpose was to be able to point other RPF members to a place where the FAQs have been answered repeatedly. People would start threads that would turn into exact repeats of others so I thought we needed a thread to point people to instead of starting another one. I am really glad it is being shared beyond the RPF.

    A couple of the links are from my blog post. The purpose of one was to provide a *relatively* short intro to market law that attempts to respond to common objections, and the other was to reply to common objections to the view that taxation is theft. I hope you check them out if you can get a chance. Thanks again!

    Law Without Taxation:
    Taxation is Theft:

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