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Tom Woods is one of my favorite speakers (and authors). He's a libertarian historian with a PhD from Columbia (undergrad at Harvard) if that's possible to believe. He has an interest in economics and is especially good at explaining the implications of economics on historical events. He is very entertaining. If you're only going to listen to one of his speeches, the one embedded below is the one (just because of the first two stories).

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Download: Tom Woods 33 Questions Speech

If you like what you hear, then I'd suggest listening to all of his speeches on Mises.org (free RSS feed). Once you've exhausted those, you should consider signing up for his Liberty Classroom where you can here additional lectures series by him and other like minded professionals.

Profit is not a dirty word

Another reason not to send your child to school.

The primary purpose of school is conformity. Children who do not conform are labeled slow, dumb, troublemakers. One of the major themes of indoctrination is that of selfless cooperation, volunteerism, altruism. They are taught that profits are selfish, crass, even immoral. Students displaying entrepreneurial bent are especially singled out for conformity training and medication. In reality, most of the good in the world is not the work of selfless volunteers, but the work of profit seeking entrepreneurs. These heroes seek out humanity's unmet needs and find innovative ways to meet them, improving the lives of billions of people, thus fulfilling the words of Jesus, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." – Mark 9:35

In this video, Cameron Herold tells his story and gives tips for encouraging your child's inner entrepreneur.

My favorite tip:

Don't give your child an allowance or even pay him to do chores. That simply teaches him to be dependent. Instead, allow him to find things that need to be done and come to you with them and negotiate a fee for their completion. This teaches him to be observant, proactive, and incentivizes performance.

Outside Reading: Sympathy Deformed


From: City Journal

Synopsis:

The author explains how compassion and well-meaning people can destroy the poor with their misguided actions. He illustrates the principle with his personal experiences and the history of Tanzania.

Video Introduction to Austrian Economics

An Introduction to Austrian Economics

by Hans-Hermann Hoppe and Jörg Guido Hülsmann

Mises and the Austrian School by Jörg Guido Hülsmann

Outside Reading: Six Essential School Lessons


From: LewRocwell.com

Synopsis:

In his books Gatto concludes that America's schools are not defective and in need of fixing. The dysfunction present in America's schools is the result of the fundamental design of the system. In this article, John Taylor Gatto explains the true lessons of compulsory government schools.

Outside Reading: A Conservative Christian's Descent into Anarchy


From: Joseph Sobran

Synopsis: Joseph Sobran, a long-time writer for the New Republic describes his journey from political conservatism to libertarianism, and finally anarchy. (For the record, when libertarians use the term, they do not mean chaos and lawlessness, but rather a condition in which there is no state.) I have excerpted the end which deals directly with Christianity.

Outside Reading: The Government Can't Protect You


From: LewRocwell.com

Synopsis: Judge Napolitano (Andrew, not Janet) makes the case that not only can the government not protect us, the more it acts, the more less security we will have.

Outside Reading: You are what you grow


From: Michael Pollan

Synopsis:

Michael Pollan does a fabulous job describing how U.S. government agricultural policy not only influences what is grown in the United States, but U.S. obesity rates and world hunger. So next time you complain about being overweight, you can blame the government. It sounds silly, but that conclusion is not too far fetched. (I do disagree with his conclusion that additional policy is needed to fix things. Just get rid of ALL U.S. government intervention in our culinary lives.

Outside Reading: Food, Inc.


From: Food Inc.

Synopsis:

This is a preview of Food, Inc., a movie documenting Big Agriculture. For those of you who know me, you might be wondering why I would be posting, such an "anti-capitalist" flick. The answer is the at Big Agriculture is a creation of fascist and socialist government policies dating from (if not before) the New Deal.

Big Agriculture and its government patrons are extremely anticompetitive (anti-capitalist). This year, the Congress is working on new legislation that could potentially destroy farmer's markets. Of course liberal websites like this one downplay the danger, because although the fine could apply to small farmers and farmer's markets, they don't think the fines will be applied against the little guy. It's funny, because that same logic was used when Congress implemented the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) targeted at a mere 155 of the "uber-rich" and the same logic was used in laws prohibiting concealed carry (they'll only be enforced against blacks).

But WAIT!!! There's more! Barack Hussein Obama appointed a former Monsanto (one of the largest agricultural companies in the world) executive as his "food czar"—yet more proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. So yes, there are some kooky, silly, wacko-leftist sentiments among those who support the movie, but overall, I think we need to hear the message, especially the part where we have power to change, after all, "You are what you eat."

Outside Reading: Conservatism isn't really about small government


From: Mises.org

Synopsis: One of the things that has lead me back to the libertarian position is the realization that mainstream Conservatives don't really advocate small government at all. Not even bastions of Conservative thought like William F. Buckley, Jr. Most normal people who identify themselves as Conservative do so, I think, because they know that they are not Liberal so they must then be Conservative. I now believe this is a false dilemma illustrated by P.J. O'Rourke's line, "Republicans are the party that says big government doesn't work and then gets elected and proves it."

The last eight years under Bush and the Republican Congress only serve to underline O'Rourke's point—and illustrate Dr. Hoppe's argument in this article. Dr Hoppe synthesizes Conservative rhetoric supporting government all the while pretending not to—much like the pigs in Animal Farm. It's time we either stop being conservative or kick the "conservatives" out.

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