Butler Shaffer’s Boundaries of Order

Sunday, July 26, 2009
Posted in category Books

I just received a beautiful, personally-signed copy of Boundaries of Order: Private Property as a Social System from Butler Shaffer. I noticed the Mises Institute already has a PDF of the book available online. The books rolls out like this:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The Eroding Structure
  • Foundations of Order
  • Boundary: What Can Be Owned
  • Claim: The Will to Own
  • Control As Ownership
  • Private Property and Social Order
  • Property and the Environment
  • Individualism vs. Collectivism Chapter
  • Property and the State
  • Conclusionunintended

It’s a great-looking book, as are all books published by the Mises Institute. A $14 hardback is a bargain. The other book I am finally reading – I know, I know, it’s about time – is John Ross’s Unintended Consequences. Indeed, I have never read this book until now. The problem is that I have such a backlog of reading material that it’s hard for me to fit in modern fiction. Thanks to a friend who sent me this book, Edwin, I am now well into it’s guts and glory. I had decided to take this with me for my week in Tennessee as opposed to non-fiction of any sort. It turned out to be a great choice. Reading this book, on the back porch or out by the pond, at the most perfect farm anywhere, turned out to be a perfect setting.

gottfriedThe last book I am reading is Paul Gottfried’s memoirs,¬†Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers. I will be reviewing this for the September 2009 issue of Young American Revolution, the publication of the Young Americans for Liberty. This is a really nice (quarterly)¬†publication, by the way. I urge you to check it out.

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