The 12 Top Libertarian Christmas Gifts of 2020
Update 12/01/2020: This post has been updated to include an additional couple of the very best new libertarian gifts for you to buy that wonderful free market absolutist in your life.
It’s every capitalist’s favorite time of year; a time of Black Friday sales, commerce, and cookies!
Ah! But what should you buy for your lovable libertarian this year? You’ve already lavished them with some of the best libertarian holiday gifts you can find, but now you’re fresh out of ideas!
Fear not! AFL is here, like a bright-red-nosed ungulate on a stormy December 24th evening, to save the day.
The top libertarian Christmas gifts
Below we’ve compiled the very tippy-top best libertarian Christmas gifts of 2020, so you can stop freaking out and go back to celebrating the beauty of voluntary exchange in a (kind of) free market!
These folks are libertarians with a flair for eye-catching designs and bold declarations, sure to start up a conversation or two with passerby. Their Bernie “Free Shit 2020” tee is guaranteed to get you some stares from ardent leftists on your morning commute, or from Uncle Leroy around the eggnog bowl.
Buy one for $20-$23.
Then check out our interview with founder Dan McCall.
This gonzo ancap sci-fi novel is the first of a duology, with both books having won the prestigious Prometheus award for best libertarian novel the year they each came out (2018 and 2019).
If you think your libertarian loves moon colonies, uplifted sentient dogs, zero-gravity gun fights, AI-controlled drone armies, and a society of libertarian individualists fighting to be free from an oppressive earth government, then you need to get them this novel!
The hip-hop/metal band BackWordz make no bones about their political beliefs: “Alex [James] and I are hardcore libertarians and we want to spread the message of liberty within our music, as well as speak on the dangers of The State…We want the state to be abolished, and we want you to know why.”
And boy does their debut album Veracity deliver.
With a raw rap/metal sound reminiscent of Skindred at their height, BackWordz hits out at traditional pro-government shibboleths in songs like “Statism,” “Self Ownership,” and the aptly titled, “Democracy Sucks.”
With lyrics like…
They say “who’s going to build the roads?” without taxation/
So you give them a reason to confiscate my payments/
And that’s exactly what the state needs
for you to think you need them. But it’s fake, see?/
Maybe you’d see that they are what they swore to prevent/
A monopolized corporation, it’s called government/
…a gift like this is sure to give your libertarian a smile bigger than a gingerbread man’s.
This is the second time the creative artists over at Big Head Press have made it onto this list for one of their totally wicked libertarian graphic novels. Full of clean, appealing artwork and with a timely, Christmassy message, you won’t be disappointed with this libertarian tale.
Office of National Drug Control Policy Director, Scrooge McCzar, has a cancer patient arrested for smoking medical marijuana on Christmas Eve, but later that night he finds himself visited by three spirits, including the ghost of Harry Anslinger. Filled with great characters and presented with a cutting wit, this story will teach you everything you need to know about our country’s failed “war on drugs.”
Preview A Drug War Carol here before buying.
This family-friendly comedy is the rousing tale of a lone individual battling that quintessential libertarian villain: the IRS!
Harry Johnson is an everyman small town postman, but when his sweet old aunt is wrongly charged $190,000 in back taxes he takes on her fight against the heartless IRS bureaucracy.
Curl up after a long night of caroling with some hot chocolate and this classic libertarian film.
Celebritarian Julie Borowski’s first foray into publishing is this delightful libertarian children’s book about the power of voluntary exchange.
Based on the famous pamphlet I, Pencil by Leonard Read, Nobody Knows How to Make a Pizza tells the story of all the different people who have to coordinate, almost magically, for a pizza to get made; from the cheese producer to the tomato sauce delivery driver.
This book is one of the perfect libertarian Christmas gifts for any pint-sized economists who may have inadvertently (or vertently) sprung from your loins.
Objectivist author Edward Cline weaves an epic story of the philosophical underpinnings of the American Revolution in this six-part series of novels.
Following two men, Jack Frake and Hugh Kenrick, the series describes both the mental and ethical revolutions required for America to be free, and the events of the American War of Independence itself in colorful, exciting detail.
Fans of Ayn Rand will love the strongly portrayed characters and the very real philosophical dilemmas they struggle with. Fans of well-written and researched historical fiction, stirring action, romance, and intrigue, with the perfect dash of individual and property rights, will also lose themselves in Cline’s masterful story.
Page has become a somewhat unofficial troubadour for the political/Ron Paul wing of the liberty movement. His recent single, “Liberty” is a perfect illustration of his talents. Simple, acoustic guitar mixed with a great radio voice makes this a libertarian song you can sing along to while you carry your “Legalize Capitalism” sign outside the Capitol.
The album named after the song is equally stirring, and will keep any libertarian’s ears warm during the cold winter months and while enduring statist epithets and their silly “who will build the roads?” arguments.
Buy it on Amazon for $8.99.
A great libertarian novel to curl up next to a fire with, and it’s about fire! From the dust jacket:
Living as a squatter on public land, Rollo has long waged a personal war against the Forest Service, so it’s little surprise when rangers burn him out of his latest shack. But when Rollo is subsequently blamed for a disastrous wildfire, he seeks help from his close friend, Scott, an anarchically minded outdoors enthusiast, and Scott’s girlfriend Lani, who dislikes Rollo but shares his distaste for authority. While investigating a suspicious new forest fire, the trio interrupts a bizarre but vicious gang of environmental terrorists.
The book is a rollicking romp through the high desert of Arizona, which AFL rather enjoyed when we read it.
The libertarian in your life is surely aware of Ayn Rand’s famous novel, The Fountainhead, but are they also aware that the book was made into a movie in 1949 starring Gary Cooper (as Howard Roark) and Patricia Neal?
Then you simply must get them this libertarian film!
Rand herself wrote the screenplay, so your libertarian will be happy to know that none of her message was watered down (Roark’s famous courtroom speech comes to a healthy six minutes) and the film’s conceptions of Roark’s beautiful but iconoclastic buildings are alone worth the price of admission.
Another one of the best libertarian Christmas gifts for Ayn Rand fans, this album by Objectivist rock band Galt Aureus has got catchy songs with haunting vocals right out of one of Rand’s novels. Take, “STRIKE,” for instance, which may as well be the theme song for Atlas Shrugged:
No indenture bears my name,
yet the state arrogates my labor
all the same.
Let a little blood upon the wheel,
shed a little more upon the gears,
lay your hands upon the levers and now,
shut the machine down.
I recognize no right of state
to dictate what of my life is mine
and what they’ll take.
12. The Weapon Shops of Isher by A.E. Van Vogt
Also recommended over on our list of the best libertarian science fiction stories, this older sci-fi novel is an overlooked classic of libertarianism. A perfect gift for that libertarian of yours who’s into both guns and golden-age sci-fi, Isher tells the story of the infamous Weapon Shops that sell arms to an oppressed population.
If nothing else, their famous motto, “The right to buy weapons is the right to be free,” will get your libertarian fired up like a blazing yule log on Christmas Day.
Need more libertarian Christmas gift ideas?
If the above list wasn’t enough for you and, like Scrooge awakening on Christmas morning full of holiday cheer, you feel compelled to buy even more great gifts for your favorite libertarian, head on over to our list of top libertarian holiday gifts, or our complete lists of libertarian fiction and libertarian music, plus some great libertarian movies and fill those stockings!