11 07 11 - 06:38There are many things to like about libertarianism. Like most other methodological criticisms, it's not a solution in itself -- by itself it would be a disaster.
But as a spirit that informs other attributes of a political view, it makes sense. Its founding principle is self-reliance; its grand method is letting markets and individuals take over from bureaucracies.
True, as Plato noted, it's mainly a rebellion of the capable against the ongoing revolution by the incapable...
But sometimes good things come of it. One is Henry Hazlitt's The Way to Will Power. This 1922 book is like many from the era, a proto-self-help and proto-religious text about how to organize your mind to be effective.
These were popular as a way to learn success strategies back in the 1900s-1920s. After that, they got replaced by How to Sell Ice To the Eskimos and other not-so-inspiring stuff.
- Henry Hazlitt, The Way to Will Power (1922) -- PDF, 1.23 mb, right-click to save.
Courtesy of the Ludwig von Mises institute.