A friend new to the libertarian community asked for a guide on what’s what in the libertarian movement. I put this together, and figured I’d share. This will be available in the future at the page Libertarian?!?
Here is a guide to navigate the Libertarian Community:
The very basics:
- – http://www.libertarianism.com/content/frequently-asked-questions/lib_101
- – http://www.libertarianism.com/content/libertarianism-101/lib_101
- – http://youtu.be/vMvKck3KvfU
- – http://youtu.be/e9uOXkgROdY
- – http://youtu.be/mII9NZ8MMVM
- – http://youtu.be/MYQRzXd1UvQ
- – Here is a list of recommended books: http://astore.amazon.com/libepartofind-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=2
- – The book “Radicals for Capitalism” by Brian Doherty is a great (and entertaining) read on the entire Libertarian movement’s history.
- – Ron Paul’s Revolution is a must.
- – David Boaz’s “Libertarianism” is a great starting point.
- – Economics in One Lesson is a good starting point in economics
- – How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes by Peter D. Schiff is a must
- – Anything by Judge Napolitano is good too.
The Big Three:
These three think tanks set most of the direction in libertarian thinking:
- – Cato focuses more on selling libertarian solutions to DC Insiders. Great research. http://www.cato.org/
- – Reason, the magazine and foundation that tries to bring a libertarian message to the masses (Our version of the National Review or the Nation) http://reason.com/
- – The Mises Institute, the Austrian Economic think thank. http://mises.org/
- – Future of Freedom Foundation – http://fff.org/
- – Foundation for Economic Education – http://www.fee.org/#axzz2ErkejI3r
- – The Library of Economics and Liberty is based in Indianapolis. http://econlog.econlib.org/
Other important sites or groups:
- – Here is a list of the top sites and tweeters. http://toplibertarian.com/
- – Young Americans for Liberty http://www.yaliberty.org/ and Students for Liberty http://studentsforliberty.org/ are the two major student organizations.
- – United Liberty – http://www.unitedliberty.org/
- – Liberty is another magazine. Sort of our version of “Commentary” magazine. http://www.libertyunbound.com/
- – http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/ is our TMZ.
- – Campaign for Liberty is a Ron Paul activist network. http://www.campaignforliberty.com/
- – http://anti-war.com/ is also great.
- – Here is a YouTube playlist for the basics of the Libertarianism here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL902A2E1FA9C6E7B6
- – This video will help you navigate the various types of libertarians. http://youtu.be/fwxBj5OfeGM
- – ANYTHING by John Stossel: http://www.hulu.com/stossel
- – ANYTHING by Judge Andrew Napolitano: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Andrew+Napolitano&oq=Andrew+Napolitano&gs_l=youtube.12…0.0.0.145188.8.131.52.0.0.0.0.0..0.0…0.0…1ac.
- – You will often hear Libertarians talk about the Broken Window fallacy. This is a very good video on that: http://youtu.be/gG3AKoL0vEs
- – ReasonTV is great. Anything here is good. They are doing what the Advocates should be doing: http://www.youtube.com/user/ReasonTV?feature=watch
- – Best Reason playlists: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL32326BFC1F59AEFE, http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0968D529E645B62, http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL902C174D2EF34CA6,
- – Cato also has great videos: http://www.youtube.com/catoinstitutevideo
- – You may hear Libertarians talk about noninterventionism and “blowback” when discussing why we should not go to war with Iran. Here is an example of American involvement in foreign policy that causes resentment: http://youtu.be/mJZzephC82k
- – Other great YouTube channels are: http://www.youtube.com/user/LearnLiberty and http://www.youtube.com/user/InstituteForJustice
- – These guys make viral videos about economics, and are hugely successful: http://www.youtube.com/user/EconStories
The Libertarian Party is the political arm of the movement, and it is what drives the majority of the traffic and money for the other organizations:
- – Here is the LPIN’s issues page: http://lp101.lpin.org/navigate/issues/
- – The LPIN statement of principles: http://lp101.lpin.org/
- – And the national LP’s platform: http://www.lp.org/platform
- – Here is a video about the LP’s history. http://lp101.lpin.org/about/lp-history/
- – Here is the LP site: http://www.lp.org/