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Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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Do you believe in the freedom of individuals to determine their own future and solve problems cooperatively?
Don't hurt people, and don't take their stuff. Simple and straightforward, that's liberty in a nutshell—no assembly required.
And yet it seems like, more and more, the decisions Washington makes about what to do for us, or to us, or even against us, are having an increasingly adverse impact on our lives. Young people can't find jobs, millions of Americans are losing the health care plans they were promised they could keep, and every one of us is somehow being targeted, monitored, snooped on, conscripted, induced, taxed, subsidized, regulated, or otherwise manipulated by someone else's agenda, based on someone else's decisions made in some secret meeting or closed-door legislative deal.
Our government is out of control. But setting things right again requires that you step up and take your freedom back.
From Matt Kibbe, the influential leader of FreedomWorks, Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is the first true manifesto of a new libertarian grassroots movement. As political powermongers and crony corporatists in Washington continue to consolidate their control and infringe on our most fundamental liberties, Kibbe makes the libertarian case for freer people, more voluntary cooperation, and solving problems from the bottom up. He calls out the tyranny of faceless bureaucrats with too much power and discretion, laying out a clear road map for restoring liberty. A witty yet piercing critique of government's expanding control over you and your future, Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is a vital read for all those who cherish personal liberty and the unalienable right to choose your own path in life.
More About the Author
An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator, and a regular guest on CNN, Fox News, The Blaze TV and MSNBC. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.
Dubbed "the scribe" by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is author of Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America, (2012) and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (2010). His most recent book, "Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff" was released on April 1, 2014.
According to Slate Magazine, "Kibbe...looks like Billy Bob Thornton cleaned up for a Job interview," and is prone to wonkish pronouncements regarding music, philosophy and beer.
Terry, his awesome wife of 27 years, takes no responsibility for his many mistakes or frequent embarrassments.
Top Customer Reviews
Personally, I’m hard pressed to see how anyone could disagree with two so evidently moral and straightforward principles, but the fact remains that many people still do. We have to be constantly aware that the (admittedly noble) desire to use government for good always requires instituting force against the innocent.
This is a great and necessary book that highlights the abuses of government, from the current administration going back to JFK and Nixon, and makes the point that it’s not really about Republicans versus Democrats, but about limited government versus unlimited government.
A must read for anyone who has heard about libertarianism but doesn’t really know what it means.
The author at the very beginning inserted a nice quote from Friedrich Hayek that speaks about libertarian term which is increasingly used in US these days - “…in the United States, where it has become almost impossible to use “liberal” in the sense in which I have used it, the term “libertarian” has been used instead. It may be the answer; but for my part I find it singularly unattractive. For my taste it carries too much the flavor of a manufactured term and of a substitute. What I should want is a word which describes the party of life, the party that favors free growth and spontaneous evolution. But I have racked my brain unsuccessfully to find a descriptive term which commends itself.”
Kibbe asks himself and reader what is the best way to get United States back on track – do people still believe in the freedom of the individuals to determine their lives and pass obstacles cooperating with others or in the stronger but impersonal government that should be left to care about the things and resolve them in a way that is considered the best. According to author it seems that America society has reached a tipping point where what Washington thinks compared to what each person right to think is best for her/him went into a complete discrepancy.Read more ›
This book should be read by all conservatives and anyone who talks about limited government. The book uses contemporary examples to describe how giving government the power to do one thing inevitably leads to the government doing more things. That's the whole point of the American experiment - don't give government that power!
More importantly, it's a call to action. Americans wouldn't have to be worried about government encroachments in their lives if everyone followed this simple motto: don't hurt people. Don't take their stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Should be required reading for every High School in AmericaPublished 14 days ago by Jim and Marie Iverson
Matt makes a strong case for the morality of libertarian. He offers a lot of good material and ideas for implementing a society based on the Golden Rule and assuming that no-one is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by gcavener
MATT KIBBE ISAWESOME, MY GROWN SON RECENTLY READ THIS BOOK ALSO...... EYE OPENER. THX MATTPublished 4 months ago by gail clowser
So descriptive of the goals of America contrasted with the actual direction of the leftists and progressives controlling our country via Barack Olinsky, it is in many ways... Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. O. Dickerson
When I was in high school, I used to listen to the radio while I did homework. No, I didn't listen to music; I listened to a couple of funny talk guys named Bill Balance followed... Read morePublished 6 months ago by 4321dud