Free Books

For five years in a row, Students For Liberty has partnered with the Atlas Network to publish a variety of books to help student groups and student leaders enhance their understanding of the philosophy of liberty while promoting the message of freedom on campus.

The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You

“There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen.”
- Frederic Bastiat

Students For Liberty’s first publication features a collection of Bastiat’s best essays including such classics as “What is Seen and What is Not Seen” and “A Petition”, along with contemporary essays by Nobel Laureate F.A. Hayek and Atlas Foundation Vice President Tom G. Palmer.  In the fall of 2010 we printed 30,000 of these books and gave them to pro-liberty student groups for mass distribution on college campuses.

Want to read Bastiat from your computer?  Then click here to download the full PDF of The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You.  


The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You

“Capitalism is a source of value.  It’s the most amazing vehicle for social cooperation that has ever existed.  And that’s the story we need to tell.  We need to change the narrative.  From an ethical standpoint, we need to change the narrative of capitalism, to show that it’s about creating shared value, not for the few, but for everyone.  If people could see that the way I see it, people would love capitalism the way I love it.”
- John Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market

In the fall of 2011 we distributed hundreds of copies of The Morality of Capitalism, What Your Professors Won’t Tell You to student groups around the world.  This second Students For Liberty publication combines the writings of various philosophers, economists, Nobel Prize winners, and entrepreneurs to make the case that not only do “markets deliver the goods” as Vernon Smith says, but that a true free market system is a prerequisite for a just, prosperous, and cooperative society.

You can purchase copies of The Morality of Capitalism at the SFL Resource HQ

Click here to download the full PDF of The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You.


After the Welfare State 

“Young people today are being robbed. Of their rights.  Of their freedom.  Of their dignity.  Of their futures.  The culprits?  My generation and our predecessors, who either created or failed to stop the world straddling engine of theft, degradation, manipulation, and social control we call the welfare state.”
– Tom G. Palmer

The third in our series of publications, After the Welfare State, explains the history and motivations of the modern welfare state, examines its current crisis, explains how it is used as an immoral tool of state control and subjection, and proposes possible alternatives for providing mutual aid in a world after government imposed welfare programs have run their course.

The concise book features a collection of essays from a variety of authors and disciplines. The readings show that this is not merely an American or European problem, but one faced by young people across the world. A sample of the material includes:

  • Castles in the Air (chapter 2 of Financial Fiasco) by Johan Norberg
  • Mutual Aid for Social Welfare: The Case of American Fraternal Societies by Dr. David Bieto
  • Reinventing Civil Society: The Evolution of Mutual Aid by Dr. David Green
  • The Greek Welfare State by Dr. Takis Michas
  • Classical Liberalism, Poverty, and Morality by Dr. Tom G. Palmer
You can purchase copies of After the Welfare State at the SFL Resource HQ

Download the free PDF of After the Welfare State by clicking here.


Why Liberty

Launched in Fall 2013, Why Liberty departed from our previous strategy of focusing on specific areas and instead took a broad and multidisciplinary approach to introducing the ideas of liberty. It focuses not just on political theory but also on liberty through the lens of culture, entrepreneurship, health, art, technology, philosophy, and the transformative power of freedom. Edited by Dr. Tom G. Palmer, the book features articles from experts in the fields of policy, academia, business, media, and student organizing. This collection emphasizes students talking to students, showing that freedom is not an old antiquated idea, but a dynamic and liberating force with the power to change the world. It is time for young people to stand up and say “this is what we believe in.” A sample of the materials include:

  • There Ought NOT to Be a Law, by John Stossel
  • No Liberty, No Art: No Art, No Liberty, by Sarah Skwire
  • Africa’s Promise of Liberty, by Olumayowa Okediran
  • The Tangled Dynamics of State Interventionism: The Case of Health Care, by Sloane Frost
  • The Origins of State and Government, by Tom Palmer
You can purchase copies of Why Liberty at the SFL Resource HQ

Click here to download the full PDF of Why Liberty.


Peace, Love, & Liberty

Peace, Love, & Liberty shows that libertarianism is the philosophy of peace and how our ideas are making the world a safer place. Drawing on the disciplines of history, philosophy, poetry, literature, and psychology, Peace, Love, & Liberty shows that peace is possible and how we can achieve it.

Contributor list:

  • Professor Steven Pinker, Harvard University
  • Radley Balko, The Washington Post
  • Tom G. Palmer, The Atlas Network
  • Sarah Skwire, Liberty Fund
  • Professor Robert M. S. McDonald, United States Military Academy
  • Justin Logan, The Cato Institute

You can purchase copies of Peace, Love, & Liberty at the SFL Resource HQ.
Click here to download the free PDF of Peace, Love & Liberty.