The Challenge of Liberty
by Robert Jones

A pleasant surprise. I had never heard of this book, but it turned out to be a very thorough and intelligent exposition of the libertarian, free-market, limited government position. He holds liberty to be the ethical imperative and the end of government. He stresses the importance of individual development of character and the necessity of liberty for the individual to do this.

He calls his philosophy "individualism" and opposes it to collectivism and secondarily to anarchism. His stress on the development of noble character through individual responsibility and liberty is a more agreeable way to defend the libertarian position (whether limited government or anarchist) than the utilitarian emphasis of Hayek, Hazlitt, Mises, etc.

Force can only be justified in defence of liberty. He holds this even for government action. Unfortunately, he thinks government can play a libertarian role by anti-trust legislation, public assistance to the needy, public schools, roads, etc. to increase opportunity.

Year Read: 1975


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