The Myth of National Defense

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The Myth of National Defense  
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Author(s) Hans-Hermann Hoppe (editor)
Country United States
Subject(s) Political theory
Genre(s) Non-fiction
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication date 2003
Media type Print, Digital
Pages x, 453 p.
ISBN 9780945466376
OCLC Number 53401048

The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production is a compilation of essays on the subject of national defense edited by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. The work features contributions from various libertarian scholars on all aspects of defense, and challenges the conventional wisdom that defense must be provided by a State.

See also


  • Articles, essays and reviews
    • "The Meaning of the Rumsfeld Memo" by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., October 2003
    • Mises Review: "The Myth of National Defense" by David Gordon, Spring 2004 (republished as Mises Daily here)
    • "Correcting Kinsley on Libertarianism" by Robert P. Murphy, February 2008
    • "Without Firing a Single Shot: Societal Defense and Voluntaryist Resistance" (PDF) by Carl Watner, Summer 2006
    • "Humanitarian Intervention and the State" (PDF) by Mark R. Crovelli
    • "Private Solutions to Positive Externalities: Military Expenditures, Insurance, and Call Options" (PDF) by Robert P. Murphy, updated May 2004
    • "National Goods Versus Public Goods: Defense, Disarmament, and Free Riders" (PDF, PDF) by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, 1990
    • "Privateering and National Defense: Naval Warfare for Private Profit" (PDF) by Larry J. Sechrest, February 2000
    • "The Privately Funded Warships of the U. S. Navy: Blowing Holes in Public Goods Theory" (PDF) by Larry J. Sechrest, March 2006
    • "Toward an A Priori Theory of International Relations" (PDF) by Mark R. Crovelli
    • "Governmental Inevitability: Reply to Holcombe" (PDF) by Walter Block, Summer 2005
    • "Sovereignty, International Law, and the Triumph of Anglo-American Cunning" (PDF) by Joseph R. Stromberg, Fall 2004