I have been asked many times to pass on a reading list to readers of this blog.  I have resisted because I find that I am most affected by what I have most recently read many times.  While the older I get, the more uncommonly I encounter a jaw-dropping new perspective or idea, I still enjoy this wonderful experience from time to time.  Not surprisingly, the most challenging and compelling works are often times those written long ago.  

Now that I have discounted any reading list I would provide, here are two suggestions, two brief works I read every year about this time of year, representative of writings that have formed my way of thinking about things.  Rothbard’s Anatomy of the State, found here, is one of the most compelling perspectives on the true nature of government ever written in my opinion.  

Professor Robert Higgs’ “If Men Were Angels:  The Basic Analytics of the State Versus Self-Government,” found here, is also worth reviewing from time to time.  I find both of these writings to bring me perspective and focus, something easy to lose in the world in which we all live.  If you haven’t read either of these works and you are ready to entertain the thoughts of two of the most compelling and provocative writers I have encountered, you are in for a treat.

G. Keith Smith, M.D.

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