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Beyond Misinformation

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What caused the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7 on September 11, 2001? More than a decade later, this question continues to be discussed by many people around the world. What does science say?

Economics and Ethics of Private Property

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In order to explain the emergence of barter, nothing more than the assumption of a narrowly defined self-interest is required. Insofar as man prefers more choices and goods to fewer, he will choose barter and division of labor over self-sufficiency. The emergence of money from barter follows from the same narrow self-interest, if man is integrated in a barter economy and prefersa higher to a lower standard of living, he will choose to select and support a common medium of exchange. In selecting a money he can overcome the fundamental restriction imposed on exchange by a barter economy, i.e., that of requiring the existence of a double coincidence of wants. With money his possibilities for exchange widen. Every good becomes exchangeable for every other, independent of double coincidences or imperfect divisibilities. And with this widened exchangeability the value of each and every good in his possession increases.

The Law


If every person has the right to defend—even by force—his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group
of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly.

Anatomy of the State

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The State is that organization in society which attempts to maintain a monopoly of the use of force and violence in a given territorial area; in particular, it is the only organization in society that obtains its revenue not by voluntary contribution or payment for services rendered but by coercion.

Conceived in Liberty

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Whenever the legislators endeavour to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrarypower, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God bath provided for all men against force and violence.

What Has Government Done To Our Money?

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Since the U.S. went completely off gold in August 1971 and established the Friedmanite fluctuating fiat system in March 1973, the United States and the world have suffered the most intense and most sustained bout of peacetime inflation in the history of the world. It should be clear by now that this is scarcely a coincidence.

For A New Liberty

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THE LIBERTARIAN CREED rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. This may be called the “nonaggression axiom.” “Aggression” is defined as the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is therefore synonymous with invasion.

Democracy The God That Failed

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There is near-universal agreement that democracy represents an advance over monarchy and is the cause of economic and moral progress.  This interpretation is curious in light of the fact that democracy has been the fountainhead of every form of socialism.

Our Enemy The State

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If we look beneath the surface of our public affairs, we can discern one fundamental fact, namely:
a great redistribution of power between society and the State. This is the fact that interests the
student of civilization.

Lessons for the Young Economist

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This book is a manual for a new way of looking at the world. After you master the lessons contained within these pages, you will be able to understand events in ways that your untrained peers will miss. You will notice patterns that they will overlook. The ability to think like an economist is a crucial component of your education. Only with sound economic thinking will you be able to make sense of how the world works. To make responsible decisions regarding grand political ideas as well as your occupation and mundane household finances, you must first decide to learn basic economics.

Quotes on Liberty

Tim Bryant (in 2016)

The reality is that we can start a revolution anytime we want and even abolish the throne altogether if we deem it necessary. There is no rule that says we have to wait every four years for change or that change only comes from voting within the system. This is only a limitation we place upon our own minds that causes this parasitic view of perception to perpetuate.

Butler Shaffer (in 2016)

At a time when socialists and other central planners ask us to substitute their illusions for the informal and spontaneous orders that sustain us, it is timely to recall the consequences of political systems and programs that did so much to destroy the lives of so many. The Soviet Union, Maoist China, Nazi Germany, and the present difficulties now being experienced by people in Venezuela, provide some of the most familiar examples of the consequences of empowering a few to dominate and rule the many by force.

Frank Zappa (1940-1993)

The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion.  At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.

Bob Murphy (in 2016)

In modern American political discourse being a racist is worse than being a mass murderer.

John W. Whitehead (in 2016)

The coup d’etat wresting control of our government from civilians and delivering it into the hands of the military industrial complex happened decades ago, while our backs were turned and our minds distracted. Consequently, we now find ourselves in the unenviable position of longing for an elusive peace while trying to rein in a runaway militarized government with a gargantuan and profit-driven appetite for war.

Maria Konnikova (in 2016)

I write about the dark triad of traits, psychopathy, narcissism, and machiavellianism.  And thats overrepresented in con artists.  It’s also overrepresented in politicians. 

John Rubino (in 2016)

Once it passes a certain point, [debt] sucks the life out of a society and no amount of positive spin can hide this fact from the victims.

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…..get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted.  Everything is phenomenal…..To be spiritual is to be amazed. 

Eleonora Duse (1858-1924)

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. 

Thich Nhat Hanh (in 1999)

For a table to exist, we need wood, a carpenter, time, skillfulness, and many other causes.  And each of these causes needs other causes in order to be.  The wood needs the forest, the sunshine, the rain, and so on.  The carpenter needs his parents, breakfast, fresh air, and so on.  And each these things, in turn has to be brought about by other conditions.  If we continue to look in this way, we’ll see that nothing has been left out; everything in the cosmos has come together to bring us this table.  Looking deeply at the sunshine, the leaves of the tree, and the clouds, we can see the table.  The one can be seen in the all, and the all can be seen in the one.

Albert Ellis (1913-2007)

People’s intrinsic value or worth cannot really be measured accurately because their being includes their becoming.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. 

Sheldon Wolin (1922-2015)

Inverted totalitarianism is different from classical forms of totalitarianism.  It does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader but in the faceless anonymity of the corporate state.  Our inverted totalitarianism pays outward fealty to the facade of electoral politics, the Constitution, civil liberties, freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary, and the iconography, traditions and language of American patriotism, but it has effectively seized all of the mechanisms of power to render the citizen impotent. 

Paul Craig Roberts (in 2015)

Are the American people really such washed-up sheeple, such cowards, that they acquiesce to a police/spy state, the foundation of which consists of nothing but lies told by criminals and repeated endlessly by whores pretending to be journalists?

Tony Rango (in 2014)

Knowing the truth means knowing you might be alone among your peers – for a while at least. 

Ben Davidson (in 2015)

Discovering the sun is beautiful. It is easy to love the journey, but rarely easy to grasp what you are seeing without some minimal effort. It is full of mystery and wonder and explanations for countless events and situations in our daily lives. The sun triggers natural disasters. The sun is essential for life as we know it. The sun can send us back to the Stone Age in hours if it so chooses. The sun affects human health and behavior. The sun is the key to understanding many aspects of physics and planetary science. It is a stunning wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Tony Rango (in 2014)

The most common and effective psy-op used against us is known as ‘Manufactured Consent’ and ‘Manufactured Dissent’. When used together, these techniques are specifically designed to gather consensus for a particular opinion while simultaneously creating controlled, and easily dismissed, dissent by way of a carefully crafted opposing view. These methods are often employed in our political world to polarize an issue by creating false ‘choices’. We are either ‘Left’ or ‘Right’, ‘Conservative’ or ‘Liberal’, ‘Democrat or Republican’.

Tony Rango (in 2014)

Psychological operations (pysops) are the means by which intelligence agencies, governmental operatives and private networks accomplish their deceptions and which operate on every social, corporate and governmental level imaginable.

Timeless Articles & Videos

The Great Conflict Between Liberty & Power

Liberty vs Power

I see history as centrally a race and conflict between “social power”— the productive consequence of voluntary interactions among men—and state power. In those eras of history when liberty—social power—has managed to race ahead of state power and control, the country and even mankind have flourished. In those eras when state power has managed to catch up with or surpass social power, mankind suffers and declines.

Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve

Money, Banking, & The Federal Reserve

Dedicated to Murray N. Rothbard, steeped in American history and Austrian economics, and featuring Ron Paul, Joseph Salerno, Hans Hoppe, and Lew Rockwell, this extraordinary new film is the clearest, most compelling explanation ever offered of the Fed, and why curbing it must be our first priority.

Whales & Compassion

Beached Whales 2002

Instead of relying on voluntary charity and good will towards men, the federal government continues its welfare-state policy of using the IRS to forcibly take money from everyone in order to distribute the money to some, all in the name of morality and righteousness. But where is the morality in coercion, as compared to voluntary choices?

Mutual Accommodation

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Private property eliminates the possibility that resource arrangements will be random, for each resource owner chooses a course of action only if it promises rewards to the owner that exceed the rewards promised by all other available courses. For each consumer, this means spending money on those items that best satisfy his individual tastes. For each producer, this means finding those uses that promise the highest profit. Because profit in free markets comes from satisfying as many consumers as possible, each producer is forever on the lookout for better ways to use his resources to satisfy consumers.

Not Yours To Give Away


If you have the right to give to one, you have the right to give to all; and, as the Constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates the amount, you are at liberty to give to any and everything which you may believe, or profess to believe is a charity, and to any amount you may think proper. You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and for robbing the people on the other.

The Source of Air-Travel Insecurity

Airport Insecurity

The poor security of U.S. airlines is a predictable outcome of government regulations and subsidies. By preventing airlines from profiting from superior procedures, and by shielding them from losses resulting from incompetence, the government has left us vulnerable to further terrorist attacks. Only through complete privatization of the industry will consumers be able to fly cheaply and safely.

The War on Cash Destroys a Small Entrepreneur

War on Cash

Lyndon McClellan is a small entrepreneur who owns and operates L & M Convenience Mart in Fairmont, North Carolina. L & M comprises a gas station, convenience store, and a small restaurant serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and catfish sandwiches.

Where Are the Omelets

Broken Eggs

And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.

Looking Back


What our leaders did to the world economy by taking all currencies off gold is akin to taking a passenger jetliner off the “autopilot” (i.e., a gold-referenced currency system) and letting a twelve-year old, adrenaline-crazed video game junkie take control of the cockpit!