Apostle of Peace: The Radical Mind of Leonard Read

Apostle of Peace: The Radical Mind of Leonard Read



At last, Leonard Read, economist and social philosopher, gets his due in this outstanding commentary on and compilation of his writings by Professor Gary Galles. This book is an attempt to assemble a collection of some of Leonard Read’s best, most powerful sustained arguments on behalf of liberty from his many books, edited for brevity, with brief introductory remarks and commentary connecting them to current issues. The ones chosen cover a wide gamut of subjects, from the rhetorical and logical abuses that are used to misrepresent liberty to the meaning of “good government,” the central importance of integrity (which Read viewed as the foremost virtue), the necessity to recognize what is not known and the importance of markets in revealing information that is otherwise unknowable in a complex world, the differences between wants and rights and between justice and “social justice,” whether immoral means can achieve moral ends, how the redistributive state harms every participant, and much more (from publisher's website).


ISBN-10: 1621290972 ISBN-13: 978-1621290971

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Laissez Faire Books


Baltimore, MD


Economics, economists, philosophy, social philosophers, liberty, integrity, good governance


Economics | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Apostle of Peace: The Radical Mind of Leonard Read