Episode 91. Children and private property.

This is a central issue to Libertarianism, when something belongs to someone then that property has to be taken care off and if harmed then there is a victim. But if no one one owns something then there isn’t really a reason to take care of it or to have a victim if the property is harmed. If the oceans were owned by someone then they would be taken better are off. This also applies to parenting where I give my kids certain special toys that are theirs and they can make an automatic claim on if another kid is playing with them. This will teach them about the importance of taking care of their own stuff and respecting each others private property.

Listen to “Episode 91. Children And Private Property.” on Spreaker.

The MISES Institutes does a phenomenal article on private property and how important it is. Private Property Is the Essence of Liberty – Ron Paul

Episode 3. What is a libertarian parent? Legos, balls and blocks. The only three toys your kids will need.

This is the latest podcast of libertarian dad and I am addressing what is it to be a libertarian parent. Also I talk about the only 3 toys your kid needs. Enjoy.

Libertarian site of the week: The Tuttle Twins

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I have not read these books but this is a great niche field that has largely not been addressed. Its libertarian fiction for younger kids (8+) where books by Rothbard, Mises or other such writers are a bit too tough. These books are good introductions to libertarianism and Austrian economics. If you are looking for a good place to start when it comes to introducing them to these concepts this is a good place. Link: TUTTLE TWINS

How many libertarians are in your state?

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How Private Schools Are Educating the Poor (Tom Woods Show)

This is a video on how the poor are getting educated around and how their schools are comparable to publicly funded. The guest is a man who like most of us started never doubting that public education was the only way to get people educated until he started looking at schools around the world. It has changed his mind. This is for any one who has ever wondered how people would get educated if it wasn’t publicly funded or any one else who has been to school.

Url: http://youtu.be/_clbaCG7eWc?list=UUsgWR55UyAiFarZYl1u1l9Q

Libertarianism is not a panacea

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In recent years libertarianism has taken of like a rocket. There are many persons who are claiming to be libertarians or at least follow it as some kind of ideology. But one does need to be careful when one claims to be a libertarian because it isn’t a panacea to the worlds problems or your own personnal problems. It doesn’t solve the worlds issues magically and any one who says that might be deluding oneself. However, embracing libertarianism does put one on the right path, just as much as working out or becoming a christian points you in the right direction.

There are various factions that are within libertarianism from thick and thin, brutalists and humanists and lets not forget tea partiers and minarchists. But this is just like any other movement there are always various flavors and degrees of a movement cause not every one is going to agree with one another over what a movement holds. However what I am seeing is that there are various people who are leaving the movement because apparently it isn’t answering the questions they are asking. The Article Why I left Libertarianism: An ethical criritique of a limited ideology is written by a person who has left libertarianism because apparently his questions are not being answered. While I can understand some of this persons rationale I think that they are completely over looking the fact that libertarianism is a political ideology and there for does not provide salvation.

You still have to live your normal life and accept the day to day realities. It would be great to be able to have everything just fall into place and have the road be smooth sailing. But that is not the case at all, life is full of choice and communities. So the day to day events determine may determine what you do and what relationships you form but libertainism isn’t going to change who you are or how life turns out for you. But you do have the option to make decisions based on your philosophy and you can change the world around you.

New to Libertarianism? Libertarianism 101

I have run into quite a few young and new libertarians who say that they are libertarian and may or may not have a well rounded idea of what it means. Let me be the first one to say welcome. I am assuming that a lot of the recent interest in it is because people feel disaffected by the 2 major parties and want something new. Also the philosophy of libertarianism draws on 3 principles that appeal to people. Fiscal responsibility, not forcing morality on one another and the golden rule.

Many people start out being enthusiastic about being libertarian, but are not entirely sure where to go to gain more knowledge of this movement. One of the biggest issues I run into with starting out as a libertarian is that it is kind of hard to find basic resources that can lay a good foundation. There are quite a few resources out there that can help. This article is trying to lay down some basic places to go and books to read that will help you gain a well rounded understanding of what is libertarianism.

Websites:

For people very new to the movement there is Reason.com. Its a pretty decent website with plenty of good articles about libertarianism.

Now, then there is Mises.org. It is a massive resource with books and links and videos that you can down load. It can be a bit overwhelming.There are many books there some really long and theoretical others quite short and insightful. Please look around and see what strikes your interest

I recommend that you down load the book Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt from Mises.org website. Its a small book, easily readable and explains basic Libertarian economics.

I highly recommend the books called “The Money Mystery” and “Whatever happened to Penny Candy” the author is Richard Mayburry. He has more books but these two books were mind blowing when I read them.

Also anything by Ron Paul is really good and easily read.

Learnliberty on YouTube is a series of videos produced by IHS and offer really good insights into Austrian economics.

Julie Borowski is on Youtube and Facebook. She was a prior republican who came over to libertarianism and has a produced a series of (funny) videos on the subject of libertarianism and is worth checking out.

Tom Woods at tomwoods.com is another individual that has many Youtube videos and a website with a lot of really good information.

These aforementioned websites are some of the resources I use to point new comers to gain further knowledge about libertarianism. There are many more resources and persons out there that are wonderful for gaining new information and understanding of the philosophy of freedom. Peter Schiff, Stephan molyneux, Gary North, Lew Rockwel and I can go on. However these individuals tend to be a bit more theoretical and I would recommend you check out the names mentioned at your own behest. You never know how far down the rabbit hole you will go.

Links on Friday

It’s Friday and these are some good stories I found on the internet, enjoy.

14 things you didn’t know about government shut downs: http://washingtonexaminer.com/14-things-you-dont-know-about-government-shutdowns/article/2536340

15 ways the world will change: http://www.freemansperspective.com/world-will-change-golden-age/

Military adviser to World War Z: http://undertheradar.military.com/2013/09/military-vs-zombies-in-world-war-z/

A challenge for you: http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/09/james-altucher/the-ultimate-college-challenge/

Stars you didn’t know were black: http://madamenoire.com/302769/celebrities-most-people-dont-know-are-black/2/

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Why libertarianism?

Many people recoil at the word libertarianism and will write it off, because it doesn’t fit into their way of thinking. Yes; libertarianism has its flaws and there are definitely tough critiques on it. However there are many real pros to it that make it a very attractive way of thinking for all people regardless of back ground. I will address the liberal and conservative critiques and also why this world outlook is so freeing.

 Conservatives general critique of libertarianism boils down to three things. Libertarians are weak on defense. Libertarians are basically anarchists and want lawlessness. Now each of these points is valid and good critique. First of, libertarians are not weak on defense most libertarians are pro gun and are definitely for having an available defense. However, they don’t see much of a point of a having a gigantic military that intervenes in every part of the world when ever a countries business interest are threatened. This is the difference between being isolationist i.e. North Korea and Non interventionist i.e. Switzerland. It is why most people like Switzerland and most people dislike North Korea. Also NK’s economy is in the toilet while Switzerland has a very strong economy. It also makes more sense to trade with other countries then to go to war with them, how else would we get delicious Vodka if we went to war with Russia?

 I could go on for long time on the subject of war and having massive armies but I won’t. As for anarchy and lawlessness, most libertarians believe in little to no government interference in the economy and on people’s personal freedoms. So if you like to drink go ahead, if you like being married to a person of the same gender go ahead, if you want start a coffee shop go ahead, if you want to do what ever if it is you want to do then do it. However the catch is, always be truthful in your words and don’t infringe on people and their property. So this is essentially the golden rule. This doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be a government there would be a very limited government, sort of like the way the founding fathers had set things up with a limited centralized government.

 As for modern day liberals their general critiques are who would hold big business in check, who would take care of the sick and poor. Well each of these has an answer and many of them basically come back to the issue of crony capitalism. Governments cause many of the issues that you bring up. Most big businesses are essentially sanctioned by the government. They do this through special tax exemptions, subsidies and specially crafted legislation that helps businesses. If the government did not get involved in these industries like this there would be much more work and jobs available. It all comes back to the golden rule. Next, who would take care of the sick and elderly well if there was more work and more money and not as many taxes people could pay for these things themselves? Yes people would help themselves and their families. Libertarians believe in the golden rule and this is also the rule when it comes to any one regardless of back ground.

  What I see around me is that conservatives are as bad as liberals when it comes to government’s use of force. Conservatives want to ban things that they don’t like such as drinking on Sunday and the like. So do the liberals, they don’t like guns, churches, trucks and the list goes on. Essentially they are using the exact same argument for the banning of things, not because of any scientific merit but because of an opinion they have. This is what it sounds like: “Guns are bad because they are bad, because I think they are bad.  Cursing is bad because I think it is bad. Pollution is bad because I think it is bad….and the government should use violence to back my opinion because it is my opinion.”

 To me, much of the conservative v liberal side comes down to this; who is allowed to use force against who.  Using the force of government, instead of trying to educate and convince others their position is superior. If you don’t want people doing things that you think are bad for them, convince them that they shouldn’t do it. Libertarianism embraces what is best of the two party system in the US, the one side embraces free markets and limited government the other side embraces freedom of expression and choice and anti war. This is what true liberty is, freedom for everyone.

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