How You, and You Alone, Can Build Liberty
When people first discover the wonderful, beautiful, glorious world of liberty – the ideas, the tradition, the possibilities – they tend to fall into a trap. They note that governments are a main enemy. They never stop violating our rights. Government are supported by mass numbers of people. Those people acquiesce in the loss of rights and therefore the diminution of prosperity.
We can choose the path of despair, or we can take what we have learned and start taking control. The lens of liberty reveals tremendous evil in the world that doesn’t need to exist: restrictions, wars, poverty, despair, suffering. Looking at all this can be depressing, to say the least. And that turns to anger: why, oh why, won’t governments stop doing evil things and just let people be free?
Thus does the initial exuberance of having discovered good ideas turn dark. After all, if only government change is the answer, and I have no real power to change that government, what is my life worth? What is this body of ideas worth?
This is a tragic turn. What’s more, it is wholly unnecessary. As it turns out, change is within our grasp. It all comes down to how we live our lives and how we think about our place within the social and political structures that surround us. We can choose the path of despair, or we can take what we have learned and start taking control. We can acquiesce to oppression or we can do something about it within the realm that we do control: which is our own lives. Here we find our source of hope.
This is why I’m super excited about the new book from The Atlas Network and Students for Liberty. It is called Self-Control or State Control? You Decide. It is edited with two chapters by the brilliant Tom G. Palmer. It has contributions on policy, psychology, sociology, law, and so much more. But here is what makes this book different: it is focused on you and what you can do to build a free society. It is practical, achievable, realizable, doable. And it makes an enormous contribution to improving your life, right now, and, by extension, making the world a better place.
To get a flavor of what I mean, consider the opening from Palmer:
FEE is pleased to make this book available to you as a free download.
And let me add something else here that is extremely important. The Atlas Network and Students for Liberty have embraced Creative Commons. That means: no more fear of sharing. No more regulatory restrictions. No more publishing monopolies. This book is for the whole world.
This is a very beautiful thing. And the license they have adopted is the most liberal: you only need to attribute the source. Otherwise you are free to share.
Please help me by distributing this great book to the world, and thereby spreading the hope of liberty to the multitudes.
Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education and CLO of the startup Liberty.me. Author of five books, and many thousands of articles, he speaks at FEE summer seminars and other events. His latest book is Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World. Follow on Twitter and Like on Facebook. Email. Tweets by @jeffreyatucker
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