The Market for Liberty

Linda & Morris Tannehill

When I began reading the Tannehills’ The Market for Liberty, I realised that what I was reading was something quite special.  Tucked in this book is a treasure trove of quotes and revelations.  This book, in addition to providing me with logical conclusions that had simply not found their way into my head previously, also answered various questions that I had not been able to figure out.  For example, while I had been wondering how a person would be brought to justice if the person had murdered a bum with no friends or family, the Tannehills had figured this out fifteen years before I was born (p. 99).

The philosophy of this book could be described as anarcho-Objectivist.  Influenced most prominently by Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand and anarcho-capitalists such as Murray N. Rothbard and Roy A. Childs, Jr., this book shows how anarchism is not in conflict with Objectivism at all.  If Rothbard presents the consistently-Lockean perspective that Locke himself fails to present, then the Tannehills present the consistently-Randian perspective that Rand herself fails to present.


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Foreword by Karl Hess

Foreword by Alexander S. Peak

Introduction to this Edition by Douglas Casey



PART I—The Great Conflict

“Since late Neolithic times, men in their political capacity have lived almost exclusively by myths.”—Dr. James J. Martin

Chapter 1.  If We Don’t Know Where We’re Going…

Chapter 2.  Man and Society

Chapter 3.  The Self-Regulating Market

Chapter 4.  Government—An Unnecessary Evil

PART II—The Laissez-Faire Society

“Liberty—the mother, not the daughter, or order.”—Proudhon

Chapter 5.  A Free and Healthy Economy

Chapter 6.  Property—The Great Problem Solver

Chapter 7.  Arbitration of Disputes

Chapter 8.  Protection of Life and Property

Chapter 9.  Dealing With Coercion

Chapter 10.  Rectification of Injustice

Chapter 11.  Warring Defense Agencies and Organized Crime

Chapter 12.  Legislation and Objective Law

Chapter 13.  Foreign Aggression

Chapter 14.  The Abolition of War

PART III—How Do We Get There

“If the revolution comes by violence, and in advance of light, the old struggle will have to be begun again.”—Benjamin R. Tucker

Chapter 15.  From Government to Laissez Faire

Chapter 16.  The Force Which Shapes The World


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Also See

That Fiery Classic Weblog, 23 May 2006

How I Became a Libertarian

Mary J. Ruwart, Ph.D., 14 December 2002

A Review of “It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand”

Nabat, 15 November 2002

Society Without Government

Robert P. Murphy, 16 August 2001

Objectivism and the State: Letter to Ayn Rand

Roy A. Childs, Jr., 16 August 1969