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A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao Paperback – June 24, 1993
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by Michael LaTorra
On Dec. 5, 2005 the Ludwig von Mises Institute blog had an article by the late Dr. Murray N. "Mr. Libertarian" Rothbard entitled The Ancient Chinese Libertarian Tradition, originally printed in the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Fall 1990. Murray began his article, "The first libertartian intellectual was Lao-tzu, the founder of Taoism", and went on to describe Lao-tzu's recommended minimalist government and "live and let live" philosophy.
Lao-tzu's original book consists of 81 poems titled Tao Te Ching (Book of The Way"). All of the 81 poems appear in Mr. LaTorra's book along with a page of so of his own interpretation along side. The poems include what is standard advice today, such as "The more (people) live for others, the richer their lives become", "The more they give, the more they get" and "The nature of absolute being extends goodness unconditionally and universally, and doesn't pick fights with anyone', all from poem 81.
Poem 75 by Lao-tzu (around 400-500 BC), states:
"Why do people joke about death and taxes?
Because their rulers take too much for themselves,
and care only for personal power and prestige.
That's why people joke about death and taxes."
Poem 28 includes the line "Truly, the best governor governs least", which we often attribute to Jefferson, and also includes the line "Never stray from the truth." Twain said that "When you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything", implying that it was the easiest and best way to live.
In Poem 32 Lao-tzu says "Return to simplicity and harmony will be restored", and again in poem 48 he says "To live in the chaos of the moment, simplify!Read more ›
Do yourself a favor and buy this book. I am very glad I read it!