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Kent's Liberty Primer Paperback – January 5, 2010
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About the Author
Kent is an enthusiastic advocate of individual freedom who prefers to help people see how they can increase the freedom in their own lives rather than complaining about those who would try to destroy that freedom. He is also a former presidential candidate, running a write-in campaign in 2008.
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Mcmanigal writes: "When I use the word "anarchy", I am going back to the
root meaning: without (an-) ruler (archos).
This doesn't mean a violent free-for-all. This means YOU
are responsible for all your actions and accept all the
consequences of those actions.It means you have accepted your basic human
responsibility to govern yourself, instead of abdicating to
some external coercive force (a Ruler, a nanny, or a
In many ways, Mcmanigal is a classic example of a philosopher who rigorously "practices what he preaches." In his "Liberty Primer" (as is seen in his columns) McManigal makes a strikingly powerful appeal for a non-coercive way of existence:
"The Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP) is the place to start if
you want to understand liberty. It states: "No human being
has the right, under ANY circumstances, to initiate force
against another human being, nor to advocate or delegate
its initiation." (as written by L. Neil Smith)
This means "Do not attack people". The unstated, but
universally understood, corollary is "..and if you are
attacked you have every right to fight back."
In addition, his book covers many other topics essential to any discussion of libertarian anarchy: 1. A thorough analysis of negative/positive rights definitions. 2. A thought provoking discussion of the destructive impact of governmental systems on its citizens. 3. An honest (and quite inspirational) exploration into the author's own personal approach to living free in an often unfree world.
Kent McManigal is a talented writer whose clear and concise writing style will appeal to people of all backgrounds.
This is clearly a must read for anyone who embraces the art of wondering.
I read it today.
It took about an hour to read.
I am NOT a speed reader.
If you ever felt stirred by the lyrics "confirm thy soul in self control" in "America the Beautiful", you will like this book.
If you're looking for a short primer on liberty for your own use or to give to someone else, this is a good title.