Showing posts from December, 2014

Building a Culture of Liberty II: Parenting

Having thus defined our terms, we can begin exploring the necessary prerequisites to building a culture of liberty, and ultimately, a free society. We must start at the same place where each if us began life, the home. Our parents are first to influence our enculturation and socialization. Followed by our siblings, grandparents, cousins, friends, and so forth. Read the rest at EVC.

Building a Culture of Liberty I: Definitions

A free society, where liberty is secure, is necessarily one where you'll find the widespread observance of the voluntary principle (all human relations should happen voluntarily, or not all). Of course, not everyone is required to practice voluntaryism, but enough must so that society remains free, a state of affairs demanded by our psychological needs. Good and well. But how do we obtain a free society? What are the prerequisites? The antecedents? Before we'll have widespread liberty, we must build a culture of liberty. How are cultures built? Everyone knows that we aren't born with a culture. That's a process that occurs over our lifetimes, beginning at birth. Enculturation, socialization, and education are the antecedents for every kind of society we can imagine or observe. When it comes to liberty, it seems best secured through a popular feeling of moral outrage toward its denial. How do we accomplish that? We'll explore what I consider to be a very good answer

Government vs. the State, Redux

I wrote "Government vs. the State" a year ago, and since then have used it many times in conversation to explain my views. Though it's been helpful, I've realized it's missing some important clarifications and elaborations. I'm here to rectify that. I'll first quote myself, and then make my amendments. Read the rest at EVC.

Every Action is Self-Interested

Altruism is the "the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others." This seems impossible, especially when we consider what motivates human action. Let me explain using a logical proof. Read the rest at EVC.

An Open Letter to My Baby

Dear Baby Collins, Having just entered life and found myself as your father, you're probably thinking, "Great, who's this schlub?" I know, I know, I'm not all that impressive on first glance, but before you decide to pack your things and leave - which is entirely your right - allow me to make my case. If you are willing to hear it, please proceed. Read the rest at EVC.

LPL - November 2014 Update

In November 2014, LPL sold 434 books across North America and Europe. Here are the top 5: 62 copies,  For a New Liberty  - Murray N. Rothbard 24 copies,  Principles of Economics  - Carl Menger 18 copies,  The Mystery of Banking  - Murray N. Rothbard 16 copies, Our Enemy, the State   - Albert Jay Nock 15 copies, Economic Thought before Adam Smith  - Murray N. Rothbard LPL's all time top 5 bestsellers are: For a New Liberty - Murray N. Rothbard Our Enemy, the State - Albert Jay Nock Principles of Economics - Carl Menger The Mystery of Banking  - Murray N. Rothbard Fascism vs. Capitalism  - Lew Rockwell