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Welcome! This website is here to help you find the answer to a couple of life's most important questions. What is liberty? How can it be achieved?

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Definition of Liberty

Liberty is an idea and one of the most powerful things known to mankind. A simple definition of any idea is just the first step toward understanding what it means.

Liberty is widely misunderstood. Even Merriam-Webster’s definition of liberty is incorrect. First, it fails to address the necessary reciprocal element of liberty. Another serious flaw in that definition is "d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges." Liberty is the default state of nature for mankind's interactions with others. It is not granted by anyone as privileges are. Liberty is based only on non-aggression between individuals in their society and economy. Liberty includes complete personal responsibility for one's own actions, which does not always include positive enjoyment. Government and its politics only interfere with liberty, as further explained below. Even Merriam-Webster doesn't understand the definition liberty on several counts.

Here is a definition of liberty in a very concise form:
          mutual non-aggression between individuals with complete responsibility for one's own actions
The meaning of non-aggression will be further considered in the section below on The Nonaggression Axiom and Natural Law.

Here is Thomas Jefferson's definition:

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." --Thomas Jefferson to I. Tiffany, 1819.

Murray Rothbard arrived at a definition of liberty in chapter seven of The Ethics of Liberty (1982) Interpersonal Relations: Voluntary Exchange, which also helped determine the name of this website:

The regime of pure liberty—the libertarian society—may be described as a society where no ownership titles are “distributed,” where, in short, no man’s property in his person or in tangibles is molested, violated, or interfered with by anyone else. But this means that absolute freedom, in the social sense, can be enjoyed, not only by an isolated Crusoe but by every man in any society, no matter how complex or advanced. For every man enjoys absolute freedom—pure liberty—if, like Crusoe, his “naturally” owned property (in his person and in tangibles) is free from invasion or molestation by other men. And, of course, being in a society of voluntary exchanges, each man can enjoy absolute liberty not in Crusoe-like isolation, but in a milieu of civilization, harmony, sociability, and enormously greater productivity through exchanges of property with his fellow men. Absolute freedom, then, need not be lost as the price we must pay for the advent of civilization; men are born free, and need never be in chains. Man may achieve liberty and abundance, freedom and civilization.

Now let's begin our journey toward understanding the full implications of Pure Liberty.

 

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Our Journey To Liberty

Your journey toward understanding the idea of liberty will go as far as you want it to. You can dip your toe in the water or enjoy being fully immersed. At some point it may seem like fantasy, like much of our current reality once did. Hopefully, you'll join the few that are striving to share liberty and helping to achieve it for our progeny.

The next step on the path is a brilliant 8-minute video The Philosophy of Liberty (2006) by Ken Schoolland and Kerry Pearson (aka Lux Lucre).
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Wasn't that great! It's based on a couple of very simple and powerful concepts which are presented next.

 

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The Nonaggression Axiom and Natural Law - Simple and Eternal
     From Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty (Mises Institute, 1978), pg 27, 85

The Nonaggression Axiom

no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. "Aggression" is defined as the initiation of the use, or threat, of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is therefore synonymous with invasion.
Note: This allows for defense against actual active aggression, unlike pure pacifism

The nonaggression axiom expands into the following more precise summary of natural law in
The Libertarian Creed
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(1) the absolute right of every person to the ownership of their own body;

(2) the equally absolute right to own and therefore to control the material resources a person has found and transformed; and

(3) therefore, the absolute right to exchange or give away the ownership to such titles to whoever is willing to exchange or receive them

These are beautifully simple, allowing them to far better address the most complex of issues. This is in stark contrast with complicated governmental "law" which often fails to provide justice under the simplest of situations.

This idea of liberty is simple, yet, it is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. To truly live it and effectively spread this powerful idea, more understanding is still needed. Simply starting to employ what we've already covered is a life changing event for nearly everyone new to it. If some of the paradigms you've never questioned are starting to be recognized as a violation of others' liberty, this is normal and you're making great progress.  Your Liberty IQ is already in the upper small fraction of society. Still, your journey toward full understanding of the idea of liberty has only begun.

 

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For A New Liberty

The next stop on the journey toward pure liberty is reading or listening to a great book. It's available online for free.

Be prepared to have your paradigms challenged about what government should do. You'll no doubt also agree on much government shouldn't do. Plus, Murray Rothbard destroys many myths about the rest that you think government must do.

"For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto" is an uncompromising romp through the world of liberty. In the end, Rothbard illuminates a complete vision of Pure Liberty to strive toward together. The last chapter shares how all of this is indeed practical and possible, but not necessarily the way you might expect. After reading or listening to the book, there is much more of the case for liberty to be discovered here at LibertyIQ.org.

The book is available for free download (329-page pdf text or 15-hour LvMI audio) or hardback/CD purchase from the Mises Store at:
For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, by Murray N. Rothbard (1978)

Note: some of the references in this 1978 book are dated in terms of technology, nominal dollar values and government issues. Especially, in the last chapter, if Rothbard were writing it today, he would have far more examples of reasons to be optimistic for Liberty. Aside from the dated examples, much of the book seems prescient in today's context, over 30-years later.

 

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Sharing Liberty

Welcome back. You may soon feel compelled to share liberty with your friends and neighbors. At that time, please skip ahead to the section on Sharing Liberty for some advice from some of the best at doing so.  You'll probably be glad you did. The rest of the path will wait until you return.

 

The Importance Of Our Journey

Now, similar to Charles Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, let's take a short look into a dark place along our path that will hopefully be avoided.

In the last chapter of For A New Liberty, Rothbard introduces the HUGE opportunity for liberty that will happen when government destroys itself. When he wrote the book in 1978, his stated expectation was that this could happen soon. Today Rothbard would probably think its imminent, and there are countless reasons to agree. If there are enough of us who understand that "government is the negation of liberty", as Ludwig von Mises said, then pure liberty can be achieved. Otherwise, if government does rise again, and people choose a strong leader as a result of the crisis, the outcome could be dire.

F A Hayek addressed this concern in The Road to Serfdom. It's a great book to read sometime. However, in the interest of time and staying focused on the positive task at hand, the following outstanding summary will suffice.

Please take a few minutes to view the slideshow The Road to Serfdom in Cartoons, Published by General Motors Company, circa 1950, printed in Look Magazine and available online at Mises.org. As you'll probably notice, frame-1 for the USA was World War II, and frame-9 is today, at a critical juncture in time. Unfortunately, the framers of the US Constitution, despite considerable effort to achieve a small limited federal government, included some room for government to "interpret" the document and march the country down the road to serfdom. We could soon arrive at a very dark place if people continue their consent for government.

Its important to wisely choose on the path ahead. Let's now continue our journey toward pure liberty which will deliver prosperity and happiness that few can imagine today

 

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More Visions of Liberty

It's time to reach our stride along the path toward pure liberty. Let's reinforce "For A New Liberty", then venture onward to knowledge that will helpful when faced with the most common objections to pure liberty.

First, is a short follow-up to the last chapter of For A New Liberty. A somewhat updated but less complete last chapter is found in "Toward a Theory of Strategy for Liberty", which is the last chapter of Rothbard's "Ethics of Liberty", written in 1982. It is available in free Text or Audio (57 minutes) from the Ludwig von Mises Institute (LvMI). It complements the last chapter of "For A New Liberty", but does not replace it. The message of optimism is reinforced for our journey.

Now it's time for another classic short book. "Market For Liberty" by Linda and Morris Tannehill (1969). This is another general work about pure liberty that bolsters the very real potential for it. It's remarkable that this book actually predates Rothbard's first edition of "For A New Liberty" by a few years. In fact, Rothbard chose it as one of the top 20 libertarian books of all time. Here is a recent review (text) of the book from Lew Rockwell. There are a few differences with Rothbard, such as intellectual property and homesteading. In all of these cases, Rothbard has further developed the logical application of natural rights and improved the solution. "Market For Liberty" is available as a free 7-hour audio or 169-page text. It can also be purchased at the Mises Store.

Last in this section, Hans-Hermann Hoppe is introduced. He was a close associate of Rothbard. In this lecture a bit of historical perspective is presented on how government arrived where it is, in relation to liberty. He then briefly states the vision for liberty in his direct, wry and compelling manner. Finally, another variation of the plan for achieving liberty is presented in How America Can Be Saved (68 minute LvMI audio), by Hans-Hermann Hoppe (1996).

The broad and optimistic vision for liberty in these great works is inspiring. By now you may be starting to share the powerful idea of liberty with others. If so, some people are probably posing good questions about some of the things they believe government simply must do. The next steps on our journey toward pure liberty will help address the concern that people naturally raise.

 

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Sharing and Achieving Liberty

You may soon feel compelled to share liberty with your friends and neighbors. At that time, please skip ahead to the section on Sharing Liberty for some advice from some of the best at doing so.  You'll probably be glad you did. The rest of the path will wait until you return.

At the end of our path here is Preparing for Liberty. That section covers important things to know when the time comes to help make pure liberty happen in our lifetime. If at some point along the path you need to start taking action beyond Sharing Liberty, then skip ahead to Preparing for Liberty.

 

Money & Banking

Money is at the center of the economy because it is half of almost every economic transaction. Socialist control of money and the banking system is probably the most destructive thing government does. Understanding the distortions and damage to the economy is important for everyone. After presenting the problem of government controlled money and banking, a solution is presented in The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar. First is an excellent video that summarizes this topic.

Money Banking and the Federal Reserve (1996) by the Ludwig von Mises Institute (LvMI) is an outstanding 42-minute video available for free or purchase. A free transcript and audio version are also available.
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In "What Has Government Done To Our Money?" (text), Murray Rothbard (1980) covers money and banking brilliantly. This small book can also be purchased from LvMI. A 3-hour audio version from LvMI is also available, which includes The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar (1 hour 46 minutes).

After Rothbard's explanation of what government has done to our money,a solution is visited. The Case for a 100 Percent Gold Dollar (text) by Murray Rothbard (1962 with 1991 introduction) can also be purchased from LvMI. The 1-hour 46-minute audio is included at the end of "What Has Government Done To Our Money?"

A more detailed and recent book with more historical perspective on the material in What Has Government Done To Our Money is The Case Against the Fed (text) by Murray N Rothbard (1994). The book can be purchased from LvMI. It is also available in LvMI audio.

 

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Free Market Law and Security

Now let's jump straight into the deep end of the debate. The perceived need for government that people cling to the most is for security. How will law be maintained and adjudicated? Who will protect people and their property from aggression? What would be done about aggression from outside our borders? These are the gotcha questions that people assume there is no stateless answer for. After thoroughly addressing this, the rest is downhill.

You've already been introduced to the answers. In For A New Liberty, Rothbard addressed these issues near the end in chapters 12 (80-minute audio) and 14 (94-minute audio). The Tannehills also addressed these in chapters 7-14 of Market For Liberty shared above.

Rothbard also covered this topic in a 1974 talk that was published soon after in The Libertarian Forum. The audio isn't available yet, but the text at the following link.

IIt helps to put these in more historical context, which Hans-Hermann Hoppe does brilliantly in the following two talks. They were presented 8-years apart in quite different manners. You should enjoy both of these:

In Hoppe's talks, he mentions the wild west not really being so wild. Here is a great paper with more on that:

Another precedent mentioned in some of the above is Ireland existing as a stateless society for 1000-years, and even resisted British conquerors for hundreds of years, without any government. These are available in text only at this time, and the shortest paper is listed first.

An excellent collections of essays that isn't available free is The Myth of National Defense: Essays on the Theory and History of Security Production (2003). For a preview, check out the Mises Daily review of the book.

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Environmental Conservation and Pollution

The top concern of your right-leaning republican friends has now been addressed. Now lets re-balance your Liberty IQ with something for your left-leaning friends. They are prone to believing that the government is needed to protect nature. Well, as it turns out, government does quite the opposite. Murray Rothbard addressed this in chapter 13 (59-minute audio) of For A New Liberty. Here is a brilliant talk he gave on the topic :

Another variation on this theme is dealing with the growing problem of water rights and conflicts. Current law only makes this worse as is shared in the following 9-minute video:

  • Market Solutions to Water Conflicts, by Rob Harmon

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    Next is a nice short paper on privatization of government parks and nature

    Here is a paper about environmental regulation which starts with the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

    Pollution is a truly old canard. The free market is based on strict adherence to property rights. Pollution is a form of trespass - you cannot dump garbage onto other persons property, and you cannot pollute air in their backyards. Forcing people to breathe toxic fumes would qualify as assault. The free market is a lot more strict about pollution than government-produced rules, which actually serve to *permit* pollution to those who had a hand in writing these rules. There are copious amounts of nuclear waste in this country courtesy of US government, much of it stored unsafely as the Fukushima disaster has highlighted. Only government and its self exclusion from liability for property violations can cause so much injustice toward our environment.

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    Sharing and Achieving Liberty

    You may soon feel compelled to share liberty with your friends and neighbors. At that time, please skip ahead to the section on Sharing Liberty for some advice from some of the best at doing so.  You'll probably be glad you did. The rest of the path will wait until you return.

    At the end of our path here is Preparing for Liberty. That section covers important things to know when the time comes to help make pure liberty happen in our lifetime. If at some point along the path you need to start taking action beyond Sharing Liberty, then skip ahead to Preparing for Liberty.

     

    Healthcare

    Here's a selection of items addressing the market for healthcare

     

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    Education

    Here's a topic that both the left and the right now consider essential for government to provide. John Taylor Gatto is absolutely the top expert and in a class of his own regarding the true nature of the US education system. Here is a great 35-minute audio interview with Lew Rockwell:

    Hopefully after that brief introduction to the true nature of the public education system, you'll also read Gatto's first outstanding book: The Underground History of American Public Education (2000) which is available as text free or for purchase. Gatto's 2009 book, Weapons of Mass Instruction is possibly his finest work, available by purchase only. Neither is available in audio format.

    "Free" Education and Literacy (text) by Barry Dean Simpson (2004)

    The Common School Movement and Compulsory Education (text) by Barry Dean Simpson (2004)

    Deliberate Dumbification of Education (14-minute audio) interview of Lew Rockwell (2010)

    Murray Rothbard addressed public education in chapter 7 of "For A New Liberty", also available in a 67-minute audio.
    He also separately addresses the topic in the monograph (free text only) "Education: Free & Compulsory" (1979) which can be purchased in paperback

    Now your Liberty IQ has grown beyond anything you can ever learn in any public school.

     

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    Science

    Most people assume that government is needed for the advancement of science and technology. At this point inn the journey to understanding liberty, it should come as no surprise that government actually cripples this too.

    Norman Horn of the Chemical Engineering Department at University of Texas Austin, TX presented "Science and the Free Market: How Government Distorts Scientific Research Through Public Funding" (16-minute audio) at the LvMI 2009 Austrian Scholars Conference

    Terence Kealey, a biochemist at the University of Buckingham, in 2010 presented “Science is a Private Good: Why Government Science is Wasteful” ( 30-minute LvMI audio)

    Murray Rothbard in 1959 wrote the short paper "Science, Technology, and Government" (text) which is referenced in the following article by Anita Acavalos

    The Myth of Under-provision of Science by the Free Market (text) by Anita Acavalos (2011)

    Free-Market Science vs. Government Science (text) by George Reisman (2006)

    Who Should Pay for Science? (text) by Michael Levin (1995)

     

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    Sharing and Achieving Liberty

    You may soon feel compelled to share liberty with your friends and neighbors. At that time, please skip ahead to the section on Sharing Liberty for some advice from some of the best at doing so.  You'll probably be glad you did. The rest of the path will wait until you return.

    At the end of our path here is Preparing for Liberty. That section covers important things to know when the time comes to help make pure liberty happen in our lifetime. If at some point along the path you need to start taking action beyond Sharing Liberty, then skip ahead to Preparing for Liberty.

     

    Privatizing Roads, Etc...

    Roads are another issue that is often raised as an alleged necessary role of government. Walter Block is a foremost expert on why this is not the case (LvMI 61-minute audio):

    In the next audio, Block goes beyond roads to privatizing many things that most people assume government must do.

    Murray Rothbard addressed "Streets and Roads" in chapter 11 of "For A New Liberty", also available in a 37-minute audio.

    In "Roads, Bridges, and Socialist Capital" (text), William L Anderson (2007) discusses the economic reason why roads should be private.

    Thomas J DiLlorenzo (1999) wrote a paper summarizing the US history of public versus private transportation investment in the paper "The Role of Private Transportation in America's 19th Century 'Internal Improvements' Debate" (text)

    The Privatization of Roads and Highways (text), is a book by Walter Block (2009) which you can also purchase

     

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    Welfare

    "The extent to which an individual turns responsibility for self over to another, or let's the government take it away from you, to the extent of that removal is the removal of the very essence of ones being." In addition to destroying the moral fabric of society, the welfare state is also creating an economic catastrophe.

    The Welfare State and the Promise of Protection by Robert Higgs (2009) available in free text and LvMI 29-minute audio

    Welfare before the Welfare State (text) by Joshua Fulton

    Murray Rothbard addressed "Welfare and the Welfare State" in chapter 8 of "For A New Liberty", also available in an 84-minute audio.

    Origins of the Welfare State in America (text) by Murray Rothbard is a 1993 presentation on this topic

     

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    Prohibition

    Prohibition has always been a failure. Today it is causing great moral and economic harm to society.

    The Moral Case for Drugs (LvMI 22-minute audio) by Laurence M Vance (2010)

    The Drugs of John Gray (text) by Laurence M Vance (2009)

    Legalize Milk, Real Milk by Mark Thornton (2011) available in free text and LvMI 8-minute audio

    Why legalize Now? by Mark Thornton (2011) available in free text and LvMI 7-minute audio

    What Explains Crystal Meth? by Mark Thornton (2011) available in free text and LvMI 9-minute audio

    75 Years Ago Prohibition Was Repealed (13-minute audio) interview of Mark Thornton by Lew Rockwell (2008)

    Drug War and Empire (14-minute audio) interview of Mark Thornton by Lew Rockwell (2008)

    The Eternal Drug War (text) by William L Anderson (2002)

    Addicted to the Drug War (text) by Illana Mercer (2001)

     

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    Sharing and Achieving Liberty

    You may soon feel compelled to share liberty with your friends and neighbors. At that time, please skip ahead to the section on Sharing Liberty for some advice from some of the best at doing so.  You'll probably be glad you did. The rest of the path will wait until you return.

    At the end of our path here is Preparing for Liberty. That section covers important things to know when the time comes to help make pure liberty happen in our lifetime. If at some point along the path you need to start taking action beyond Sharing Liberty, then skip ahead to Preparing for Liberty.

     

    Monopoly, Cartels and Regulation

    Governments ARE monopolies. All monopolies known to the history were created by government meddling, it is as simple as that. In the free market there can be single suppliers, but these cannot abuse consumers simply because they cannot prohibit competitors from moving in and offering a better deal. To become a true monopoly a company needs government guns to enforce the "regulations" such as patent laws (patents are nothing more than monopoly grants) and such.

    Regulations created by nameless bureaucrats out of sheer stupidity, desire to expand their empires, or to get bribed by Big Business in order to fend off less politically-connected would-be-competitors. Look closer at virtually any regulation here in US and you'll see a gang of monopolist wannabes who pushed it through. However free market does not mean unregulated market - it is regulated, very strictly. People pay money for good, safe, etc, products and services. Few will pay for things that don't have competitive value.

    In The Myth of Natural Monopoly (text), Thomas DiLorenzo (1996) shares how even in utilities a monopoly is not possible in a truly free market. A 66-minute LvMI audio (2006) is also available by DiLorenzo on this material

    Anti-trust, Anti-truth (text) by Thomas DiLorenzo (2000) shares how government persecutes the best run businesses with anti-trust laws. DiLorenzo goes into a bit more detail in his 60-minute LvMI audio lecture The Protectionist Origins of Antitrust (2006).

    A Politically Incorrect Guide to Antitrust Policy (text) is just a small taste of the outstanding work by Dominick Armentano (2007) on anti-trust, which DiLorenzo references in the prior link.

    The Truth About the "Robber Barons" (text) by Thomas J. DiLorenzo (2005)

    The Age Of The Robber Barons (LvMI 28-minute audio) by Robert LeFevre

    Fear of Monopoly (text) by Brad Edmonds

    Government Cartels (LvMI 58-minute audio) by Murray Rothbard (1986)

    Tariffs, Inflation, Anti-Trust and Cartels (LvMI 108-minute audio) by Murray Rothbard (1986)
    Actually, this doesn't have much about inflation, but it does have quite a bit about labor unions and regulations

    Tariffs and other forms of unjust protectionism are usually the cause of wars. This is even the case for the US War for Southern Independence (known for the last 50 years as the Civil War, which it wasn't) as Thomas DeLorenzo shares in his 2006 talk, Lincoln's Tariff War (1-hour LvMI audio, plus 35-minutes of Q&A)

    Murray Rothbard presents a lot more case history for Cartels failing in "The Rise of Big Business: The Failure of Trusts and Cartels" parts one (57-minutes) and two (51-minutes). Pardon the poor audio of this outstanding lecture archived by LvMI.

    Who Captures Whom? The Case of Regulation (text) by Michael Rozeff (2006)

    There were outstanding presentations at Mises University in 2009 and 2010 on Consumer Product Regulation by Art Cardin (LvMI 50-minute audio) and Timothy Terrell (LvMI 55-minute audio), respectively

     

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    Sharing Liberty

    Let's start with a video/audio by one of the masters of sharing the idea of liberty with some brilliant advice.

    How To Advance Liberty (62-minute video or audio) by Leonard E Read (1978) presented at Foundation for Economic Education
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    Wasn't that wonderful. Here are a few favorite quotes from the lecture:

    "Socialism or communism is state ownership and control of the means of production (planned economy), and state ownership and control of the results of production (the welfare state)", keeping in mind that warfare is a form of corporate welfare,

    "The extent to which an individual turns responsibility for self over to another, or let's the government take it away from you, to the extent of that removal is the removal of the very essence of ones being."

    "Treat every person as highly as you would treat the lord."

    Leonard Read convincingly makes the point that people have to be ready for the idea of liberty. Simply sharing it in a friendly and informed way plants a seed. It may not begin to grow for or a while, or not at all, and that's ok. Another outstanding short text/audio presentation that reinforces the same idea in a very different way is next.

    What a marvelous message of optimism for sharing liberty. It's enjoyable and helpful to revisit both of these occasionally.

    It's also a good idea to occasionally revisit the ideas for sharing liberty in the last chapter of both "Market For Liberty" (text or 23-minute FreeKeene audio) by the Tannehills and "For A New Liberty" (text or 75-minute LvMI audio) by Murray Rothbard.

    To better share the idea of liberty with those who are willing to receive it, your journey of learning about liberty should to continue. You can do so with the materials on this website, then at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and LewRockwell.com.

    Share this website with others. If you've made them curious enough to learn more, they can then continue here as it has for you.

    Another way to share liberty is with bumper stickers. These really do make people think about liberty.

    It is important when sharing liberty to NOT advocate violence against government, personal property or non-aggressors. Violence is government's strength. Instead, liberty as a powerful idea that can spread is our strength. Withdrawing our consent to be governed whenever possible and sharing the information at LibertyIQ.org are the peaceful actions that can be taken now. This is not a threat to current governments.

    As Ludwig von Mises clearly proved in his book Socialism, that ideology is fatally flawed and can not sustain itself when extended to its logical conclusion. All governments today are some flavor of socialism, which is at the other end of the political spectrum from liberty. Socialist governments ultimately destroy themselves and don't need any assistance. The good news is that all of the most developed governments today are close to complete economic self-destruction, which will be a huge opportunity for liberty to blossom. The information in the next section, Preparing for Liberty, is preparing for after government has already destroyed itself, to help make the transition to liberty more graceful. Again, this does not threaten today's governments.

    At some point, for saying government is not necessary or negates liberty, you may be tossed the hardball question, Are Libertarians "Anarchists"? At the link (text), Murray Rothbard answers this question with a resounding NO and explains why.

     

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    Preparing for Liberty

    Desocialize: To cause to cease to be politically socialist.

    Our best hope for achieving true liberty is to let government destroy itself and take advantage of that opportunity. It would be counter-productive to use the government means of violence where it has an advantage. Instead, the means of liberty should be used, education and preparation. The only act that needs to be taken toward government is withdrawing our consent to be governed whenever possible. After government destroys itself, successfully executing a plan for completely desocializing its former holdings will prevent a new government from arising out of the former's rubble. This is how liberty can be achieved with prosperity that few today can imagine.

    Realistically, there will probably be some communities where the people choose to form some new limited form of government. That's ok if the people of that community choose this for themselves, but not for others. The challenge for liberty will be to demonstrate its superiority through prosperity and happiness. When faced with the contrast for the first time since the industrial revolution in civilized society, the choice will be obvious and government should wither away in the areas where they exist. People will choose liberty when they finally see it.

    Below is the first of a short series on Desocializing A Failed Socialist Democracy. Money and then banking are addressed before all else. They’re essential for the non-government portion of the economy to survive the transition and immediately begin to grow in the new free market. The remaining articles in this series will address just desocialization of all property formerly held by government.

    Desocializing Money by Mike Allen (July 2011)

    Desocialization of Banking by Mike Allen (July 2011)

    More coming soon

     

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