Why be Libertarian, by Tom G. Palmer

Or let’s say.. why not?
The essay is here and it’s a must read!

Free your mind: A beginner’s guide to the Political Economy
, by Sauvik Chakraverti

Government approved textbooks teach you CIVICS and INDIAN ECONOMICS. These subjects, as they are taught, do no give you a critical understanding of contemporary reality. They teach you what the socialist state wants you to believe.

It would benefit you if you looked at things from a different perspective: that of the free market. This is the very opposite of state socialism. This school of thought has a very well developed critique of state socialism, which should be of interest to all citizens.

This book will help your mind obtain a ‘screen of truth’ with which to ‘filter’ all the information that is given to you—by the government. You will soon realize that much of what is taught to you as ‘knowledge’ is really nonsense.

Read Part 1Part 2.

A Beginner’s Guide to Liberty
, by Richard Wellings et al.

This short book is an accessible introduction to liberty – one of the key concepts of political and economic thought. It explains why liberty is so important and sets out in clear language the benefits of freeing individuals from big government. The guide consists of ten concise chapters, each focusing on a particular aspect of liberty and written by an expert in the field. The authors show why liberty is essential if people are to lead prosperous and fulfilling lives, and also point to the terrible consequences when politicians and officials get too much power. At a time when our freedom is threatened by a rising tide of government controls, A Beginner’s Guide to Liberty is essential reading.

Read it here.

I, Pencil
, by Leonard Read

Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages continue to enjoy this simple and beautiful explanation of the miracle of the “invisible hand” by following the production of an ordinary pencil. Read shows that none of us knows enough to plan the creative actions and decisions of others.

Read the PDF version, listen to the audio or watch the video!

Here is an extended commentary!

The Candlemakers’ Petition
, by Frederic Bastiat

Frédéric Bastiat was the great French proto-Austrolibertarian whose polemics and analytics run circles around every statist cliché. His primary desire as a writer was to reach people in the most practical way with the message of the moral and material urgency of freedom.  Contained within Economic Sophisms is the satirical parable known as the “Candlemakers’ petition” in which candlemakers and tallow producers lobby the Chamber of Deputies of the French July Monarchy (1830–1848) to block out the Sun to prevent its unfair competition with their products.

Read it here.

The Economic Way of Thinking Series, by Ronald Nash

Public Choice: A Primer, by Eamonn Butler

Public Choice economics applies realistic insights about human behaviour to the process of government, and it is extremely helpful for all those who have an interest in – or work in – public policy to understand this discipline. This complex area of economics has been summarised in a very clear primer by Eamonn Butler. This text is an important contribution for all who seek to understand better the role that government should play in economic life.

Read it here.

Freedom 101, by Dr Madsen Pirie

Read it here.

Friedman on India

A set of articles that Milton Friedman wrote on the Indian economy during his visits to India in the fifties and sixties critiquing the policies of planning and correctly predicting the disastrous results.

Read it here.