We at FEE are happy to present the Essential series, five free ebooks collecting the key works of five great freedom philosophers: Leonard Read, Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, F.A. Hayek, and Frédéric Bastiat. In each of these compact anthologies, you will find a powerful case for liberty.
When individuals are free to interact in the market economy, it leads to some spectacular results: cooperation and prosperity. When the same individuals encounter each other in a political way, it only leads to disaster and divisiveness.
For the first time in our history, many politicians and candidates label themselves socialists, as if that title were a badge of honor. Many of their young constituents doubtless find something just and romantic in the idea of socialism. Some believe, too, that socialism would provide them with "free" education, "free" medical care, and in some cases, a guaranteed income.