Whereas markets bring us ever closer together and incentivize us to treat all people with a basic level of respect and decency, states do the exact opposite
“The Gospel text can be read almost allegorically, as the emergence of genuine personhood out of the primordial mob.”
Most politicians and their followers are not cynical enough about politics. They hate the players but not the game. What if we all become hopeful cynics – cynical of man's lust to dominate his fellows, yet lovers of man all the same?
Garnering the second-largest turnout of the summer, 87 students from across the country and beyond came together for four days and left equipped to advocate for the ideas of a free society and to see the world from a new perspective.
Ten years ago, I spoke nine words that would forever change my life. Not poetic or insightful, but these words together carried a principled idea of integrity. When the principle was overtly rebuked, the first cracks in my philosophical compass became visible.
Instead of wasting your time bemoaning the fact that we can’t always get everything we want, start trying to figure out how you can reclaim just a tiny fraction of your creative power. You don’t need to be omnipotent. You just need to get up and be productive.
Democracy is not the only liberal value, and it is not always the most important one.
The world must relearn the libertarian lessons of the Declaration. Salutary global interconnectedness need not entail political centralization of the kind represented by the European Union; in fact, it depends on just the opposite, the escape hatch provided by the right to secede from, or to abolish, a government that has gone beyond its mandate, violating our rights rather than protecting them.
We at FEE are happy to present the Essential series, five free ebooks collecting the key works of five great freedom philosophers: Leonard Read, Ludwig von Mises, Henry Hazlitt, F.A. Hayek, and Frédéric Bastiat. In each of these compact anthologies, you will find a powerful case for liberty.
The ideas within are not mere fodder for debate. Like all great sages, these authors offer true wisdom that can inspire and benefit you personally in your own life. Here is a discussion of just a few of the included works.
Your job is to provide the spark and the fuel, not the fire itself. Present pursuits to your child in a way that elicits her voluntary interest. Instead of forcing your child to acquire improvements for the sake of purposes that are not yet her own, you inspire her to develop her own purposes by sparking her interest in something new. Then you fuel the flame that you sparked. Offer to show her new improvements (knowledge and skills) that will help her achieve those goals, along with useful materials. Only then will she truly, deeply, and gladly pursue a course of learning that you think will benefit her. Your role is to inspire ends, not to impose means.
British philosopher Herbert Spencer laid the groundwork for a libertarian approach to parenting.
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