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As Nazi Germany brought horrifying war to Europe, a teenaged Andrew Galambos reacted with singular sensitivity, particularly to the atrocities, murders and other crimes commited against the Jews, some of whom were relatives in his native Hungary. On 1942 December 7, the first anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted. There in Europe, he saw the bloody rubble of what was once a great continent. There too, he learned of the deaths of his aunts, uncles and cousins in what would soon be named The Holocaust. There he resolved, "Never again!" As he said, "Either the Hitlers have to go, or civilization will surely go." Returning to New York City, he completed his education in physics and mathematics, and secured positions in academia, teaching those subjects at university level, and in industry, making major contributions to the rocket industry. Frustrated by the incompetence and injustice he saw everywhere he turned, and ever mindful of the conflagration the world had just endured, he began to construct a solution. In 1961, he founded The Free Enterprise Institute, his private, profit-seeking school through which he began to lecture. In over 100 courses, he described and designed a new world, one in which justice, freedom and prosperity will triumph. This book, Sic Itur ad Astra is the introduction to his theories, the blueprint to a stabilized durable civilization. It is the first step.
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From Session 1: First of all, the Course is on freedom. That's a very frightful term to use and sometimes I almost shudder to mention it. I have occasionally given this Course without mentioning that it's about freedom until it becomes obvious, because the word freedom is so trite, so cheap, so commonplace and everybody uses the term. Therefore, it loses its luster simply from overuse by people who don't know what it means. Let me ask you, how many of you are for freedom? And how many of you are against freedom?
See, that's what I mean. Everyone is for freedom. I think Adolph Hitler was for freedom. I think Joseph Stalin was for freedom. Do you suppose that Hitler got up before his victims, the German people, and announced to them, "I plan to enslave you and destroy you, and when I get through with Germany, all you'll recognize is a pile of rubble? And, in the meantime, you'll suffer for twelve miserable years and wish you were dead." That is what happened, you know.
I define freedom as the societal condition that exists when every individual has full (i.e. 100%) control over his own property.