How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1974
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- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 407 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380004232
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380004232
- Dimensions : 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
- Publisher : Avon Books; Reissue edition (March 1, 1974)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #691,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It takes great courage to be honest with yourself as to what you really want from life ... and perhaps greater still to understand that your rights to seek it take precedence before your obligations to others. Browne's main thesis is that you do not have to change the world, society, the political system, your boss or you wife in order to be happy. Indeed, any attempt to effect a change of the outside world of any significance or permanence is likely to end up unsuccessful after wasting your precious time and resources. All you have to do is openly, honestly advertise who you are and what you want. Then, what amounts to essentially market forces will be able to gravitate you towards people and situations that already are what you want them to be and do not require any compulsion or forced change. And at that point ("one good job, one lover ... or maybe two or three"), what would you care that the rest of the world is stuck in their unfree ways?
It is Browne's genius to show how the principles of liberty and free association can be applied to every aspect of your life -- and to do so in such a readable way. Definitely recommended.
HIFFIAUW is a great explanation/introduction to some concepts typically associated with libertarianism. It's an apolitical book, but it's pretty clear the author is not a fan of any sort of collectivism and is a free-market adherent. The book is a bit idealistic at times as well, but it makes me wonder why I dont just concern myself with what's makes me happy instead of what makes society, the government, the spouse, religion, etc. happy? Have those things and all their machinations made everyone happy? No and not for lack of trying. Only the individual knows what will truly make him or her happy.
That's what this book showed me. I wish a lot of "important people" in the world would grasp this concept.
The book is definitely interesting. It's probably great for those who are extremely frugal or are trying to be. It presents many ideas and methods to save money, live off the "grid", and be self sustaining. He's realistic, he presents alternatives and tells you that it won't be easy.
The part I found most useful and I feel like most people would find useful was the portions about group think and peer pressure. He provides a lot of enlightening information about why we feel like we need that brand new car, that house we can barely afford, or that proverbial shiny object in the distance. If you are able to take these lessons to heart, you may find it useful to break yourself of the daily credit grind.
Read this if you have quite a bit of time to not only absorb it, but also reflect on it as you go along. You will undoubtedly find these faults he presents in yourself.
Making changes in how we deal with these issues can give us a fresh start. And it's never too late to change. Harry Browne will show you how.
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General message: work out what makes you happy (fair enough) and then do whatever you need to get it. Including, in particular, avoiding paying taxes. Unsurprisingly, the "recommended reading" cites "Atlas Shrugged". That pretty much tells you all you need to know.
The author explains, with evident satisfaction, how he divorced his wife and happily gave her sole access to his daughter, whom - at the point of writing - he had not seen for nine years. What a star!
Morality (e.g. "be nice to people") is a trap placed by society. Uh-huh.
This isn't even a sophisticated guide to libertarianism. Readers may wish to start with Nozick's "Anarchy, State and Utopia" (widely read, widely debunked, but at least it appears on undergraduate political philosophy reading lists).
Don't waste your time with this ham-fisted attempt to sell unconstrained selfishness, disguised as a serious book. It is neither correct, nor is it interesting. Zero stars.