From the Author
"Dr. Paul is a role model for aspiring Canadian libertarians looking to get into politics. His bid for presidency was closely examined by libertarians around the world; his ability to cross barriers that are seemingly unreachable by the left/right paradigm is a testament to him and the philosophy he espouses." -Katrina Chowne: Leader, Libertarian Party of Canada
"I read [the] book... and loved it. [The] writing style is very clear and to the point." - Gabriel Scheare: Member, Libertarian Party of Canada
"My favorite chapter was the one on Margaritaville, mainly because my initial interpretation was more liberal leaning and I was glad to learn about a different perspective on it." - Nathaniel Ballinger: South Park Fan
What Is a Libertarian? | Liberals & Conservatives & Libertarians
2 BUTT OUT
Description | There Will Be No More Smoking! | The Tyranny of the Majority | Individual Responsibility | Freedom of Choice | Private Property Rights
Description | They Took Our Jobs! | This Is America! We Speak English! | Can We Get Rid of All the Mexicans? | Borders & Private Property | The Fence | Nationality
Description | It's a Capitalist Country! Get Used to It! | The Greedy Small Businessman | The Invisible Gnomes of the Free Market | Collect Underpants & Profit
5 SOMETHING WALL-MART THIS WAY COMES
Description | Wall-Mart Is Our Neighborhood Friend! | Slave Wages
Description | Water & Bread & Margaritas! Yea! | If You Spend It, Goods Will Come! | Heresy Toward the Economy | Bail Out the Insurance Company | Profit & Loss | Aaand It's GONE
7 GO GOD GO
Description | Science Damn It!
8 MEDICINAL FRIED CHICKEN
Description | Drugs Are Bad, M'Kay? | Finger Licking Illegal
9 DIE HIPPIE DIE
Description | Liberal Brainwashing
Description | I'm Super Cereal!
11 SEXUAL HARASSMENT PANDA
Description | Taxes Make Me a Sad Panda | Isn't That Fascism? | There's No Such Thing as a Free Puppy
12 HOOKED ON MONKEY PHONICS
Description | Screw You Guys! I'm Going Home-School
13 MR. HANKEY, THE CHRISTMAS POO
Description | The Right Not to be Offended
14 THE DEATH CAMP OF INTOLERANCE
Description | Intolerance Will Not Be Tolerated
15 REVERSE COWGIRL
Description | Last Bastion of American Freedom | You Can Always Sue Somebody!
16 DOUCHE AND TURD
Description | The Two-Idiot System
17 OTHER ISSUES
Description | I'm Super! Thanks for Asking! | A 42nd Trimester Abortion | It's Coming Right For Us! | Respect My Authoritah!
18 RESPECT MY LIBERTAH!
I Learned Something Today
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
I believe that Matt Stone and Trey Parker have influenced, whether it was their intention or not, a generation of young people to be more libertarian with their show South Park. They sum up their political beliefs with the following statement:
"I hate conservatives, but I really f***ing hate liberals."
If this book works the way I intend, liberals and conservatives who read it will be libertarians when they finish it. I will use certain episodes as a point of departure to discuss certain issues. In some cases, I will use my experience in France to drive the point further. I will cite some prominent libertarians, but in many cases I don't cite anything. As you read, you will notice that I spend more time trying to convince liberals to be fiscally responsible than I do trying to convince conservatives of being socially intolerant. That is because I believe that fiscal responsibility can be taught more easily than social tolerance. Social intolerance is often motivated by deep religious beliefs, and it is virtually impossible to change one's religious beliefs.
For example, Rick Santorum is very conservative, and I don't think anyone can convince him to be socially tolerant. In fact, Santorum recently said that the Republicans are losing elections because they're not anti-gay enough. I'm more optimistic of influencing those who don't feel very strongly about the liberal-conservative dichotomy.
My job in France gave me so much time off that I was able to contemplate the role of government in our lives. And I was able to come to many conclusions, which I discuss in this book, without having read anything about libertarianism beforehand. I used to be liberal, but then I realized that I was a libertarian all along. I just didn't know it.
Each chapter from Chapter Two to Chapter Sixteen is named after an episode from South Park. The chapters begin with a description of the episode, in case you haven't seen it. If you're an avid South Park fan, you won't need to read these of course. Some descriptions are longer or shorter than others. The subsequent subsections contain a libertarian lesson from that episode. The episode is used as a point of departure, and there are a few subsections that don't pertain directly to the episode, but rather to the lesson in it. You will notice that a few chapters have more lessons than others. For example, Chapter Two contains many lessons discussed that could easily be discussed in other episodes. While many of the libertarian lessons of South Park are often repeated in multiple episodes, each lesson will be discussed only once, but they may be mentioned a few more times.
From the Inside Flap
DEMYSTIFYING SPANISH GRAMMAR: Clarifying the Written Accents, Ser / Estar, Para / Por, Imperfect/Preterite, & the Dreaded Spanish Subjunctive. As a Spanish tutor in college, I realized that nearly all the students I was tutoring were struggling to understand five specific grammatical concepts. They were struggling to understand the written accents, when to use the verbs ser and estar, when to use para or por, when to use the imperfect and the preterit, and all of them struggled with the dreaded Spanish subjunctive. So, I decided to write a book about these certain grammatical difficulties. The book itself grew out of handouts and worksheets I used.
SPANISH VERB TENSES: Conjugating Spanish Verbs (Irregular Verbs), Perfecting Your Mastery of Spanish Verbs in all the Tenses (Present, Past, & Future) & Moods (Indicative, Subjunctive, & Conditional). This book will teach you all about Spanish verbs and verb tenses.
DEMYSTIYFING SPANISH VOCABULARY: A Contextual Spanish Dictionary, Learning Spanish Words (Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Prepositions) Through Context with Clear Explanations, Examples, and Flowcharts. There has never been a Spanish dictionary like this! It is the first of its kind. This dictionary focuses on a short list of nearly fifty words that many students, no matter their level, have difficulty with. Instead of giving standard translations that most dictionaries give, this dictionary takes context into consideration. When you see an entry for a word that has multiple translations in English, you will see a flowchart for the word. When beginning Spanish students start to learn their new language, they often don't use the right word. According to their dictionaries, they use the right word, but they never take context into consideration. This book will remedy this common problem. This book is by no means an exhaustive list of Spanish vocabulary. It should, however, open up your mind to the concept of context. There are nearly fifty English words that I have chosen for this book. On each page you will see a flowchart. In the first column, you will see the English word, the context in the second column, and the correct Spanish word in the third column. I also explain in greater detail some of the more confusing words. In some entries I use only the flowchart and examples. By the end of this book, your mind should have, what I call, a context filter.
OTHER BOOKS BY BRANDON SIMPSON
THE LIBERTARIAN LESSONS OF SOUTH PARK: An Analysis of Libertarianism in South Park, How Ron Paul, Gary Johnson & South Park Created a New Generation of Libertarians & South Park Conservatives.