Essays on Liberty, Volume 1

At last, some of the rarest and most valued essays in the history of free-market thought are now available in ebook form. The Foundation of Economic Education had been publishing essays by the best writers since 1946, essays that brought light to a dark world of planning and control. Their wide distribution inspired a new generation to work for a freer world.

In 1952, the Foundation put them all together in a single book called Essays on Liberty. This would be the first volume of many that followed. They stood against the intellectual tide of the time, and forged a new path for thinking about the relationship between the state and the individual, and the planning apparatus in government vs. market forces.

Because of the times, and the quality of the minds at work on this project, this book has a remarkable urgency and passion about it. The essays retain their power after all these years. This is a tribute to the depth and sophistication of the liberal idea: freedom is the key to peace and prosperity in all times. These essays reveal and teach that lesson in ways that apply just as much in our own times.

Leonard Read writes in the preface:

Today, all over the world -- in America as elsewhere -- the social side of man is being emphasized to the detriment of man’s individual side. Nothing on this earth but understanding -- and the clear explanation of such understanding -- can  erase this twentieth-century catastrophe.
The friends and staff of the Foundation for Economic Education have devoted much time and effort to various aspects of this problem. Yet many, if not most, of the answers and explanations still elude us. So the search continues.
This book is merely a progress report on some of our research in various areas of human relationships. These essays on liberty are offered in the hope that they will at least help to identify the nature and difficulty of the problem we face — a problem that must be solved if man is to advance toward his own potentialities.

Most of these essays had previously been lost to history. Now they are revived in a form that allows everyone to read them, learn from them, and be inspired all over again.

Consider this contributors to this volume: Maxwell Anderson, Sir Ernest Benn, Spruille Braden, Earl Browder, Asa V. Call, Frank Chodorov, Russell J. Clinchy, W. M. Curtiss, C. L. Dickinson, J. Ollie Edmunds, Crawford H. Greenewalt, John M. Hancock, F. A. Harper, Henry Hazlitt, Betty Knowles Hunt, Bertrand de Jouvenel, Mary G. Lacy, James Madison, Clarence Manion, Ludwig von Mises, Ben Moreell, Towner Phelan, Leonard E. Read, Dean Russell, Thomas J. Shelly, William Graham Sumner, and John Unkel.