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“For those eager to understand the clear-thinking that informs libertarian philosophy, Kibbe’s book is an excellent choice. ... Kibbe’s goal is to revive the libertarianism that clearly animated our founding fathers. ... [An] excellent book.” (Forbes)

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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.

What gives?

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062308254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062308252
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks, a national grassroots organization that serves citizens in their fight for more individual freedom and less government control.

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.

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If you operate under the premise that either the Democratic or Republican Party represents the best interests of this country or its citizens, you probably shouldn't buy this book. As a libertarian myself, I'm often asked to explain my political philosophy in a short phrase, and I've generally gone with, "More Freedom, Less Government," but this book provides a more detailed approach that is also accessible. Those enamored with the power of the State will trash this book without having read it (see the 1 Star reviews), but it's actually a cogent argument for freedom and individualism as a solution to the problems our country is facing today. It is concise, well-written and engaging. Read it with an open mind and it will be a great use of your time.
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I actually didn't have too high expectations about this book but I was more than pleasantly surprised. "Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff" is actually pretty good. A concise, eminently readable, straightforward Libertarian Manifesto with 6 simple "Rules for Liberty" - #1 Don't Hurt People, #2 Don't take people's stuff, #3 Take Responsibility, #4 Work for it, #5 Mind your own business, and #6 Fight the Power. This is not a work of deep philosophical thought but it nicely condenses a number of great works that are. I recommend it most especially to those who have not personally read Ayn Rand, Thomas Sowell, Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek, and Ludwig von Mises and are looking to acquire a basic understanding of libertarian philosophy.
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Libertarians love to get bogged down in complicated policy debates, which, while undeniably fun, is not often helpful in converting others to the cause. What Kibbe has so skillfully done here, is succinctly stated the essence of the philosophy right there in the title. Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff.

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.
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‘Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff’ written by Matt Kibbe and as called by the author himself, may be considered as a Libertarian Manifesto.

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.
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I'm not sure what I expected, but I heard the author discussing this book and decided to see if I found it interesting. More political philosophy than I expected, but still very readable. This author is very much outside the traditional Democratic/Republican debate over how to fund pet projects at the expense of the other side's pet projects. Kibbe focuses on the proper role of government, and the danger of ever growing and incomprehensible bureaucratic structure and regulatory schemes that destroy personal freedom. Both Liberals and Conservatives will find things they like in this book. Progressives not so much.
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I finished this book in two days, I couldn't put it down. Kibbe makes a compelling case for the libertarian creed; describing the Non-Aggression Principle in its clearest form: Don't hurt people, and don't take their stuff.

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.
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