About Us

Dear Reader,

Laissez-faire is a French term meaning “let them be.” It refers to the belief that an individual is best equipped to solve their own problems and create a more prosperous society, while bureaucratic mandates and top-down control tend to make problems worse.

True to that tradition, our goal is to help you learn the laissez faire philosophy from some of the best philosophers, academics and advocates of liberty who ever lived — and show you how to apply this idea with actionable strategies and tips on getting government out of your life.

Now for a little history…

Laissez Faire Books started in 1972 when founders John Muller and Sharon Presley opened a little libertarian bookstore in Greenwich Village. The official opening was attended by many local libertarian writers, including Murray Rothbard, Roy A. Childs, Jr. and Jerome Tuccille.

The store sold libertarian, political philosophy and anti-authority thought from Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, Albert Jay Nock, Alexander Berkman and Peter Kropotkin, as well as anarchists Lysander Spooner and Karl Hess.

As the years passed, Laissez Faire Books changed locations and ownership, but the independent ideals at its core never wavered.

As the business changed hands and moved around the country to San Francisco, Phoenix, and, finally, its current resting place, Baltimore, so changed the method of selling its ideas…

From a brick-and-mortar bookstore business in the ’70s to an online web-focused business in the 2000s.

On March 17, 2011, Agora Financial LLC, a publisher of books and newsletters on economics and investments, acquired Laissez Faire Books from the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL).

Still to this day, the ideals set forth in 1972 by the founders of the little bookstore are defended voraciously.

We simply defend them in a different way — through newsletters.

In August 2013, the Laissez Faire Letter was launched. True to its roots, this monthly newsletter attracts individuals willing to take action to live a more independent and self-reliant life.

This version of the business evolved once again to meet the changing needs of its readers, providing actionable solutions to overreaching government and its cozy relationship with big Wall Street banks and other industries.

The Laissez Faire Letter includes a four-page monthly feature called Freedom & Fortune, a unique, practical, step-by-step guide on wealth creation. It teaches readers novel ways to grow and protect their wealth, so they’re safe no matter what happens on Wall Street.

In every newsletter, the business finds an opportunity to spread the ideas that are important to us. Although these ideas may seem varied, each of our newsletters is designed to bring freedom, reliance and self-sufficiency into every sphere of your life.

That includes your health, your wealth and your safety.

Although we no longer have a book store, our founders’ ideals are present in every newsletter we publish.

And as the Laissez Faire family continues to grow, we are committed to ensuring this remains true.


Doug Hill
Director, Laissez Faire Club