This book is an excellent introduction to the Libertarian philosophy. The first half is dedicated to a concise and informal history of governments and social contracts, and the second half is full of examples of how the Libertarian philosophy would address the problems of the world today. Obviously there will be no magic bullet that will fix all the world's problems, but any thinking man or woman will find this to be the most consistent and liberating course to take. If you enjoy this book, any book covering Rand's Objectivist philosophy should be next on your list.
I have to agree with the "UH" reviewer that the stammering of Professor Hall was very distracting at times. I had to rewind on a few occasions to make sure I was following his line of thought, and on one occasion I realized I had actually understood the complete opposite of what the professor was getting at the first go 'round. While some may prefer only the decisions with direct social consequences (ie Dred Scott, Roe v. Wade, Koramatsu, etc), I found those involving the role of the federal government in regulating wages, monopolies, and child/female labor very interesting as well in light of the increasing growth of the federal government and its power relative to the view many of our founding fathers held regarding the influence of the federal government. Overall I would recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in several landmark cases and the rise in power of the Supreme Court.
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