The long-shot presidential candidacies of Rand Paul and Ron Paul have breathed new life into libertarianism – a political philosophy often associated with Ayn Rand and Alan Greenspan. In this primer, libertarian David Boaz takes pains to spell out the benefits of libertarianism and to dispel what he considers the myths surrounding his favored political philosophy. Libertarianism isn’t a cutthroat ethos of unregulated capitalism, he argues. Rather, Boaz posits, it’s a way for individuals to get what they want and need without interference from an overreaching – and often ineffective – state.
About the Author
David Boaz is executive vice president of the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. His other books include The Politics of Freedom and The Libertarian Reader.