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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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From the Back Cover
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.
- Item Weight : 11.1 ounces
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062308254
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062308252
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.93 x 8 inches
- Publisher : William Morrow; 2nd Edition (April 1, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #436,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The back cover of Kibbe’s book gives his “six rules of liberty” which he expands on in his book.
1. Don’t hurt people. Free people just want to be left alone, not hassled or harmed by someone else’s agenda or designs on their life and property.
2. Don’t take people’s stuff. America’s founders fought to ensure property rights and our individual right to the fruits of our labors.
3. Take responsibility. Liberty means responsibility. Don’t sit around waiting for someone else to solve your problems.
4. Work for it. For every action there is and equal reaction. Work hard and you’ll be rewarded.
5. Mind your own business. Free people live and let live.
6. Fight the power. Take a stand against corrupt authority.
Kibbe flushes out these “rules” showing that that United STATES of America ought
have a very small federal government – the state government should also be small but larger than the federal. Here, I would put for that, biblically, government exists for two reasons – to protect her citizens and to punish evil. Of course, there can be massive difference in what that all includes based on the person and philosophy that is being employed.
The limited government system that he describes sounds in line with our founding documents and with biblical understandings. However, the desire for power and more power is enticing, so I doubt the massive Republican and Democratic machines will ever subside to levels that show true care for all people.
There is also something of a naiveite about the goodness of human nature which makes Libertarianism even less likely to supplant “the two parties.” Humans, in my understanding, are basically evil – basically self-centered.
That being said, I would continue to argue for a “secular” state which does not interfere with the practice of my religion. Thus, I can accept that the state allows for the marriage of practicing homosexuals, for example, while, by virtue of my religion (not to mention, philosophical integrity), I cannot approve of practicing homosexual unions. Still, I take no action to support or thwart them.
And so, I highly recommend this book to help one understand Libertarianism. And, I recommend the philosophy of Libertarianism as good.
[This review appears on my blog, Amazon.com, and Goodreads.com.]
Matt Kibbe offers a solution. So do a few other other authors. We must get back to our roots. Benjamin Franklin said it best. "We must hang together, or surely, we shall hang separately". We must be united American's to oust our entrenched politicians who are leading the country into chaos, and replace them with strict Constitutionalists. 545 people are responsible for every single problem this country faces, from Obamacare to obesity. The Congress, the Senate, the President and the Supreme Court. None of the rest of us have much of a say.