Past SFL Book Publications

Students For Liberty now has three publications available 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

Last fall 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.

A limited number of hard copies are available at no cost to student groups.

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, will explain the history and motivations of the modern welfare state, examine its current crisis, explain how it is used as an immoral tool of state control and subjection, and propose possible alternatives for providing mutual aid in a world after government imposed welfare programs have run their course.

The concise book will feature a collection of essays from a variety of authors and disciplines. The readings will 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

Student groups may now request up to 500 hard copies of After the Welfare State. Orders will be shipped out in late August!

Request hard copies of After the Welfare State here.

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

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