My Favorite Libertarian and Conservative Fiction Authors

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My Favorite Libertarian and Conservative Fiction Authors

It is safe to say that I’m a very vora­cious reader. My pri­mary pas­sions, when it comes to fic­tion, are sci­ence fic­tion, hor­ror, fan­tasy, and polit­i­cal thrillers. I never dis­crim­i­nate when it comes to the polit­i­cal views of authors, even when their polit­i­cal views color their work. Being a Lib­er­tar­ian, I much more closely iden­tify with lib­er­tar­ian and con­ser­v­a­tive authors. When I read books by lib­eral authors who infuse their views into their work I find myself debat­ing with the author and the char­ac­ters in my head as I read. This can be dis­tract­ing, which is why I enjoy read­ing books by those on the right more. Here are my favorite fic­tion authors that also hap­pen to be on the polit­i­cal right:

Dean Koontz

Over the years I’ve read over thirty of his nov­els. There is no author whose work I enjoy more and there is no fic­tion author who I agree with more when it comes to polit­i­cal views. Dean Koontz is very much a lib­er­tar­ian and those views per­me­ate just about every one of his nov­els. The heroes pretty much all expose lib­er­tar­ian views while the vil­lains are most often pro­gres­sives. The cen­tral theme of most of the nov­els that I’ve read is– indi­vid­ual free­dom will tri­umph over the forces of collectivism.

Here is how Wikipedia describes Dean Koontz:

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an Amer­i­can author. His nov­els are broadly described as sus­pense thrillers, but also fre­quently incor­po­rate ele­ments of hor­ror, fan­tasy, sci­ence fic­tion, mys­tery, and satire.

I com­pletely agree with that descrip­tion. His books are thrillers and hor­ror sto­ries. He uses his polit­i­cal views to color his nov­els. They are not works of polit­i­cal fic­tion. Dean Koontz is a very vocal Catholic. His Catholic faith also per­me­ates his nov­els. Good ver­sus evil is very often a cen­tral theme.

If you are think­ing about check­ing out Dean Koontz, I would very much rec­om­mend “Watch­ers” and “Strangers.” Those are the two nov­els that first got me hooked. His “Odd Thomas” series and his “Franken­stein” series are also fan­tas­tic, along with so many of his stand alone novels.

Tom Clancy

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread his Jack Ryan series. It is prob­a­bly north of a dozen times. Tom Clancy nov­els are polit­i­cal and mil­i­tary thrillers. The main char­ac­ter in the Jack Ryan series starts off as an ana­lyst for the CIA. Tom Clancy was very much a Rea­gan Con­ser­v­a­tive and he lets that shine thru very clearly in all of his nov­els. In the novel “Exec­u­tive Orders” Pres­i­dent Jack Ryan dis­cusses his polit­i­cal views in great detail. They are a mix­ture of Thomas Jef­fer­son and Ronald Rea­gan. Tom Clancy was a Catholic and so was his main char­ac­ter, Jack Ryan.

Tom Clancy was a very pro­lific author who wrote many dif­fer­ent series of nov­els. I’ve only read the Jack Ryan series. The first ten nov­els in the series were all fan­tas­tic. After the novel “The Bear and the Dragon” this series was nowhere as good. If you’re inter­ested in start­ing the series then “Patriot Games” is the per­fect novel to start with. His stand­alone novel “Red Storm Ris­ing” is one of my all time favorite nov­els. This book is about a non­nu­clear world war between the US and the USSR, which takes place in the mid 1980s.

Suzanne Collins

A few months ago I came across an arti­cle list­ing lib­er­tar­ian works of fic­tion. Fea­tured in this arti­cle was the Hunger Games Tril­ogy by Suzanne Collins. Before that arti­cle I had not given those books much thought. I heard the name of the books but con­sid­ered them to be just for young adults. After read­ing the arti­cle I decided to give that series a whirl. I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed the series so much that I read it three times and have watched all of the movies.

The author of the arti­cle was cor­rect about this series hav­ing a lib­er­tar­ian mes­sage. The series is set in the future where the part of the world that used to be the United States is now part of a coun­try called Panem. This coun­try is made up of twelve dis­tricts which are oppressed by an extremely tyran­ni­cal cen­tral gov­ern­ment. The main char­ac­ter, Kat­niss Everdeen, acci­dently ignites a rebel­lion then becomes a cen­tral fig­ure in the rebel­lion. Over­throw­ing an oppres­sive gov­ern­ment and restor­ing indi­vid­ual free­dom is the cen­tral theme. Dur­ing the third book Kat­niss over­hears a dis­cus­sion between two cen­tral char­ac­ters about who should lead the gov­ern­ment after the oppres­sive capi­tol is defeated. Here is the answer

Every­one,” Plutarch tells him. “We’re going to form a repub­lic where the peo­ple of each dis­trict and the Capi­tol can elect their own rep­re­sen­ta­tives to be their voice in a cen­tral­ized gov­ern­ment. Don’t look so sus­pi­cious; it’s worked before.”

There is one line in the book that has a slight pro global warm­ing mes­sage but no book is per­fect. The line men­tions that a lot of the land has been flooded by ris­ing seas. There are no details. Man made global warm­ing is never men­tioned. The series takes place in the dis­tant future after many wars have been fought so this rise in the seas could have been caused by anything. .

The polit­i­cal nature of the Hunger Games has been hotly debated by all sides. Usu­ally a few lines are pulled out from here and there to claim vic­tory by a lib­eral or a con­ser­v­a­tive blog author. After read­ing the entire series this lib­er­tar­ian stands firmly behind the con­clu­sion that this series has a strong lib­er­tar­ian message.

There are so many other right lean­ing fic­tion authors I’ve read. I may make this into a reg­u­lar series of arti­cles if there is enough inter­est. If any­one would like to rec­om­mend an author please do so in the com­ments section.

It is safe to say that I’m a very voracious reader.  My primary passions, when it comes to fiction, are science fiction, horror, fantasy, and political thrillers.   I never discriminate when it comes to the political views of authors, even when their political views color their work.  Being a Libertarian, I much more closely identify with libertarian and conservative authors.  When I read books by liberal authors who infuse their views into their work I find myself debating with the author and the characters in my head as I read. This can be distracting, which is why I enjoy reading books by those on the right more.  Here are my favorite fiction authors that also happen to be on the political right:

Dean Koontz

Over the years I’ve read over thirty of his novels. There is no author whose work I enjoy more and there is no fiction author who I agree with more when it comes to political views.  Dean Koontz is very much a libertarian and those views permeate just about every one of his novels.  The heroes pretty much all expose libertarian views while the villains are most often progressives.  The central theme of most of the novels that I’ve read is– individual freedom will triumph over the forces of collectivism.

Here is how Wikipedia describes Dean Koontz:

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire.

I completely agree with that description.  His books are thrillers and horror stories.  He uses his political views to color his novels.  They are not works of political fiction.  Dean Koontz is a very vocal Catholic.  His Catholic faith also permeates his novels.  Good versus evil is very often a central theme.

If you are thinking about checking out Dean Koontz, I would very much recommend “Watchers” and “Strangers.”  Those are the two novels that first got me hooked.  His “Odd Thomas” series and his “Frankenstein” series are also fantastic, along with so many of his stand alone novels.

Tom Clancy

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread his Jack Ryan series.  It is probably north of a dozen times.  Tom Clancy novels are political and military thrillers. The main character in the Jack Ryan series starts off as an analyst for the CIA.  Tom Clancy was very much a Reagan Conservative and he lets that shine thru very clearly in all of his novels.  In the novel “Executive Orders” President Jack Ryan discusses his political views in great detail.  They are a mixture of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan.  Tom Clancy was a Catholic and so was his main character, Jack Ryan.

Tom Clancy was a very prolific author who wrote many different series of novels.  I’ve only read the Jack Ryan series.  The first ten novels in the series were all fantastic.  After the novel “The Bear and the Dragon” this series was nowhere as good.  If you’re interested in starting the series then “Patriot Games” is the perfect novel to start with.  His standalone novel “Red Storm Rising” is one of my all time favorite novels.  This book is about a nonnuclear world war between the US and the USSR, which takes place in the mid 1980s.

Suzanne Collins

A few months ago I came across an article listing libertarian works of fiction.  Featured in this article was the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Before that article I had not given those books much thought.  I heard the name of the books but considered them to be just for young adults.   After reading the article I decided to give that series a whirl.   I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed the series so much that I read it three times and have watched all of the movies.

The author of the article was correct about this series having a libertarian message.  The series is set in the future where the part of the world that used to be the United States is now part of a country called Panem.  This country is made up of twelve districts which are oppressed by an extremely tyrannical central government.  The main character, Katniss Everdeen, accidently ignites a rebellion then becomes a central figure in the rebellion.  Overthrowing an oppressive government and restoring individual freedom is the central theme.  During the third book Katniss overhears a discussion between two central characters about who should lead the government after the oppressive capitol is defeated.  Here is the answer

“Everyone,” Plutarch tells him. “We’re going to form a republic where the people of each district and the Capitol can elect their own representatives to be their voice in a centralized government. Don’t look so suspicious; it’s worked before.”

There is one line in the book that has a slight pro global warming message but no book is perfect.  The line mentions that a lot of the land has been flooded by rising seas.  There are no details. Man made global warming is never mentioned.  The series takes place in the distant future after many wars have been fought so this rise in the seas could have been caused by anything.  .

The political nature of the Hunger Games has been hotly debated by all sides.  Usually a few lines are pulled out from here and there to claim victory by a liberal or a conservative blog author.  After reading the entire series this libertarian stands firmly behind the conclusion that this series has a strong libertarian message.

There are so many other right leaning fiction authors I’ve read.  I may make this into a regular series of articles if there is enough interest.  If anyone would like to recommend an author please do so in the comments section.