Monday, April 07, 2008
Liberty Fund, Inc. rules!
I reckon I have about 25 Liberty Fund-published books in my personal library. What is the Libery Fund, you ask? Well, it is a private, educational foundation which was established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. The Liberty Fund publishes as many as 20 books each year, by contemporary and classic authors, extolling the virtues of classical liberalism -- that is, the liberalism championed by folks like Thomas Jefferson and Milton Friedman, not the statist/socialist liberalism promoted by today's Democratic Party.
One of the Liberty Fund's newest books is Commerce and Government Considered In Their Mutual Relationship, by Étienne Bonnot, Abbé de Condillac. Published in the same year as Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, Commerce and Government has been called "one of the most sustained defenses of economic liberty in the eighteenth century." In it, Condillac urges the removal of barriers to free trade and of the importance of the competitive market economy in a free society.
My copy of Commerce and Government was waiting for me when I got home ce soir. I've already made my way through the first 100 pages. I'll let you know what I think about the entire book at some point in the very near future. Stay tuned.