Libertarian ideas on free market defence and security


In the week that the Iraq Study Group delivered its recommendations to the US leadership and friends in the bloggosphere suggest that increased tax spending on our nationalised military might be a good way forward, I am mindful of a burgeoning libertarian literature on defence and security. In recent years many good pieces have been published on this complex topic and much of it is now thankfully available on-line. Here is an introductory list of just a fraction:

Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe, The Private Production of Defense, Ludwig von Mises Institute:

Professor Murray Rothbard, Defence Services on the Free Market:

Professor Larry Sechrest, Privateering and National Defense: Naval Warfare for Private Profit, Independent Institute:

Garry M. Anderson and Adam Gifford, Order Out of Anarchy – The International Law of War, CATO Journal:Garry M. Anderson and Adam Gifford, Privateering and the Private Production of Naval Power Finally, here are three excellent books well worth purchasing:

Peter. W. Singer, Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry:

Robert Higgs, Arms, Politics and the Economy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Independent Institute:

Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe, The Myth of National Defense, Ludwig von Mises Institute:

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One response to “Libertarian ideas on free market defence and security

  1. Here’s a classic :

    The Production of Security

    (De la production de la securité – 1849)

    by Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912)

    http://praxeology.net/GM-PS.htm