David Bergland was the Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1984. This simple primer on libertarianism is extremely easy to read. It discusses the true nature of government, the difference between libertarians verses liberals or conservatives, and libertarian solutions to issues.
Newly updated! This is a comprehensively updated and rewritten edition of Bergland’s classic introductory work. With insight and candor, Bergland answers the most common questions about the freedom philosophy: What exactly is libertarianism? Does libertarianism work in the “real world”? The book lays out the central premise of libertarianism — “you own yourself” — and reveals how that deceptively simple statement has an enormous impact on the relationship between government and individuals. Bergland explains where libertarians stand on Social Security, gun rights, the War on Drugs, poverty, the environment, taxes, terrorism, and more. In a fast-paced Q&A chapter, he contrasts the conservative, liberal, and libertarian positions on major issues. Finally, he punctures the muddled thinking that encourages people to turn to government to solve problems. “The best brief introduction to libertarianism available. Bergland is anxious to provide as persuasive and comprehensive a case as he can, and wastes no time getting to the point… He has even adapted it so it can be readily used in classrooms, and sprinkles the book with short sections differentiating among liberal, conservative, and libertarian positions on current issues.” –Brian Wilson, radio talk show host