Liberty Defined

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Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom
Liberty Defined essential issues cover.jpg
AuthorRon Paul
CountryUnited States
SubjectsLibertarianism, Political economy
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages324 pp.

Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom is a best-selling 2011 non-fiction book by Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX).[1][2][3]

The book came out on April 19, 2011. On release, it was fifth on Amazon's best-selling non-fiction books and nineteenth for all books.[4] For the week ending April 29, 2011, it was fourth on the Wall Street Journal's Best-Seller List.[5] It debuted at #3 on the New York Times non-fiction hardcover best-seller list on April 29 and stayed there the week of May 8.[6][7]


Some of the book's philosophical topics include:[8]

  • Austrian Economics: A review of the 19th century philosophy underlying much of today's free-market economic outlook.
  • Demagogues: The bad guys in the bipartisanship debate, focusing on the "despicable" Pledge of Allegiance and flag-burning issues rampant among Republican demagogues. There's also a chapter on bipartisanship, which Paul doesn't like (a failure of bipartisanship means fewer bad laws).
  • Empire: Paul outlines the dangers of military over-extension from the Roman Empire and connects that to the current American Empire. Throughout the book, Paul tosses in statistics about American imperialism and worldwide militarism such as "Government wars and exterminations in the 20th century reached 262 million people killed by their own governments and 44 million people killed in wars." (p. 107)
  • Keynesianism: This is the philosophical opposite of Austrian Economics, and is the current underlying philosophy of Bush's & Obama's economic stimulus package,
  • Noble Lie: How politicians justify doing whatever they want, by claiming it's good for the country. George W. Bush's advisers fall heavily under this rubric, following Adolf Hitler and others. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is the hero of this chapter, since he exposed the Noble Lies of the U.S. government.


  1. ^ Akers, Becky (April 19, 2011). "Ron Paul's "Liberty Defined"". The New American.
  2. ^ Gibson, Gary (April 25, 2011). "Ron Paul's "Liberty Defined" Will Make People On Both Sides Of The Political Debate Very Uncomfortable". Business Insider.
  3. ^ Brendel, Patrick (April 18, 2011). "Take a sneak peek at Paul's new book". The Iowa Independent. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Brendel, Patrick (April 22, 2011). "Ron Paul's new book one of several conservative tomes on's bestsellers list". The American Independent. Archived from the original on May 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Publishers Weekly Best-Sellers". ABC News. Associated Press. April 29, 2011.
  6. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (April 29, 2011). "Inside the List". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Best Sellers May 08, 2011". The New York Times. May 8, 2011.
  8. ^ Gordon, Jesse. " book review of Liberty Defined" OnTheIssues Retrieved March 9, 2013.

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