Man, Economy, and State: Chapter One Review

What we can learn from Crusoe on an Island, a Stagecoach, and Your Favorite Meal

By Scott Albright


After finishing chapter one of Man, Economy and State, the two prominent concepts that I learned more about are those of marginal utility and time preference.

Murray Rothbard elaborates on isolationist economics to elucidate upon the discovery of economic principles that are derived from the actions of Robinson Crusoe (a fictional character used for illustrative purposes) who is stranded on an island.

To simplify the matter, Rothbard uses two goods that Robinson desires as his most highly valued ends, that of consuming berries and leisure. If Robinson can pick 20 berries an hour and works 10 hours a day, he can consume 200 berries a day and 14 hours of leisure.

If he decides to construct a stick, so that he can pick the berries more efficiently, increasing both his total output of berries and output per unit of time (say, per hour), he can only do this at the expense of forgoing some of his production and consumption of berries, and allocating time to produce the stick. This means that he has to lower his time preferences, preferring to save some of his berries for the time period that he will be constructing the stick, in that he will either have to pick more than he normally consumes, to have for the production of the stick, or to eat less of it than he normally does, or a combination of both.

Either way, this simple isolationist story elucidates on the principle of capital accumulation in society and what is logically necessary for its accumulation; the exercise of foresight, restraint of appetites, anticipation of future demand, and a lowering of time preferences, foregoing and delaying the consumption of some goods and/or leisure in order that you can consume more in the future, hence the saying that “savings is delayed consumption.” It does show us fundamental principles of human action and allows us to build upon them, starting at the individual level and moving towards society. Continue reading “Man, Economy, and State: Chapter One Review”

Objectification: An Analysis

By Shaheen the Anarcap


Everyone cringes when the loudmouth feminist cries and yell about the objectification of women by men in the media. They claim that men, and therefore society because “muh patriarchy”, objectify women to only care about their looks and not about who they truly are.

Like most positions leftist progressives take, it seems logical, but only on the surface.

 

Before we go any further, I’d like to elaborate on the two different ways feminists claim objectification happens.

The first way, is the one more believable, which is society has unrealistic beauty expectations for women, as shown in movies, video games and TV shows.

The second way, almost exclusive to the radical feminists, is the belief that all or almost all men only care about sex with women and see them as sex objects.

Objectification of Women in Entertainment

First, we will attack the first belief. Why are women portrayed so beautifully in entertainment? Why did we have Michelle Pfeiffer playing Catwoman and not someone that looks like Rosie O’Donnell?

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Why do people go crazy for Megan Fox, or Rosie Huntington-Whitely but not for Tess Holiday, the plus sized model? It’s not because society is brainwashing people.

It’s not because of the patriarchy, it’s because of demand.

Men are simply more attracted to, and therefore more likely to purchase products and/or services featuring attractive women. The reason for this attraction is completely biological; we will touch up on this a bit later.

Aside from a logical reason behind media’s portrayal of women, there is abundant hypocrisy. As I stated before, feminists will be angry about the unrealistic beauty expectations and bodies of models in entertainment. However, this exact thing happens to men.

Look at all the male leads in blockbuster movies: All handsome beefcakes. Brad Pitt, Chris Evans, Henry Cavill.

Not only are handsome men more prevalent in entertainment as well, but their unrealistic level is way over 9000.

Look at Batman. He’s a billionaire, owner and leader of a large company, as buff as they come, master of martial arts, handsome, confident, and to top it all off, drives a fucking Lamborghini. Are these realistic expectations?

Difference is, while feminists will get angry that some fictional character like Barbie has a figure which is too hard for their lazy asses to attain, I see someone like Batman as an inspiration. I know I’ll most likely never be at the level of success that he is at, but I enjoy watching him be a badass anyway.

To top it all off, all of the attractive women in entertainment willingly put themselves there. They understood that their beauty was in demand and therefore valuable, so they got dressed up, acted and modeled, and got a nice paycheck for it. (Oh, and female supermodels make much, MUCH more than their male counterparts.)

Objectification of Women as Sex Objects by Average Men

This slightly more crazy belief is usually held by the radical feminists, you know, the same ones that believe gender is a social construct and that for a woman to get married and have children is her being an oppressed slave. This is a little tricky to answer, it has a yes and no explanation. Continue reading “Objectification: An Analysis”

Intellectual Property is Forced Negative Servitude

Patents are a lot like Net Neutrality.  Everybody seems to think they’re a good idea, but the reality is this:  both are about government control.

It’s essentially a race to the patent office to get the government to prevent anyone from competing so the patent seeker can gain monopoly rents.

The patent seeker wants the violence of government to FORCE consumers to have worse products to protect one producer?

Net Neutrality is Newspeak for Cronyism

And how is this going to be enforced without government?  IP requires a government to enforce it.  Enforcement prevents someone not a party to the arrangement of the patent from using their own materials or ideas.

This is roughly equivalent to theft.

[IP is more precisely a form of negative servitude, not theft. It restricts people from doing certain things with their property. There’s nothing wrong with voluntary negative servitudes, such as restrictive covenant agreements. The problem with IP is that it attempts to create rights that are good against the world and at odds with pre-existing property rights in physical things.] – Freedom Juice

Continue reading “Intellectual Property is Forced Negative Servitude”

Culture Drives Policy, So What Drives Culture?

By Doc Brown


Over the last several years, I’ve been seeing re-makes of various stories done purposely with casts made up of other ethnicities and genders. There was Little Orphan Annie done with a black cast, the latest all-female Ghostbusters movie, there was an all-black cast for a Cinderella rendition in the 90s, the latest Karate Kid was black, the British “Death At a Funeral” was re-done with a black cast, “Steel Magnolias” the same, Lucy Liu as Watson (albeit, a tv series), a female Iron Man, and the latest is a calendar photoshoot with an all-black Alice In Wonderland cast.

None of this bothers me. It’s fine and dandy. You know me, I’m all about the free market. (So just push the accusations of me being a racist out of your mind. If that’s what you’ve been thinking, you suck at psychoanalysis, so don’t quit your day job, buttercups. Anyway…) I do have to question a couple aspects of this sort of thing.

1. A. None of the originals had race or gender in mind, not overtly and not covertly. For example, with Alice in Wonderland, I don’t think Lewis Carroll chose a white rabbit because he was a white supremacist. And queens have always been female…just stating the obvious. And I don’t think Ackroyd, Ramis, Murray, et. al, were male chauvinists with “Ghostbusters”–they came up with an idea and thought it would be fun to play their creations.

B. Purposely choosing a specific cast based on race or gender is racist and sexist. If the decision is to find talented people that fit otherwise arbitrary roles in that regard, then that choice is racist or sexist. If Carroll or Ramis did so for the same reason, then they would be too, but they can’t because they didn’t unless someone can show me otherwise, which I’m open to seeing, and then they’re guilty of the same. A perfect recent example which does indeed rhetorically smell fishy is Scarlett Johansson in “Ghost In the Shell” playing a robot in Japan, based on a Japanese anime story. Everything else is Japanese, hello! Even if it was a tactic to appeal to a more world-wide audience, that decision would still fall under the racism card because the decision was race-based and not culturally apropros to the story, like Mr. Miyagi being Japanese because he’s, duh, from Japan. Continue reading “Culture Drives Policy, So What Drives Culture?”

The Big Short and Curlies

By The Professional Asshole


Auditing is bunkum.

Quoth the Yoda, “insane you are.”

No, really. The entire public auditing side of the accounting profession is wackadoodle.

Many libertarians are also disciples of the Austrian school of economics which teaches that central bank’s involvement in credit creation creates credit bubbles, fueling the boom and bust cycle. But, there is another major threat to financial markets that even many Austrians are not aware of: auditing.

Since the formation of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1933 publicly traded companies have been required to provide independently audited financial statements done by a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Most public companies go with large accounting firms, like the Big-Four, or a large regional firm. They have internal auditors (usually non-CPA accountants) who do most of the accounting year-round for both management and eventual external auditing. But external auditing is required of financial statements for publicly traded companies. Auditors provide an opinion on the veracity and accuracy of financial statements which aid in investment decisions.

The company being audited is required, however, to pay for its own audit. This creates a perverse conflict of interest—the ones paid to be skeptical of a company (auditors) are being paid by their prospective enforcement subjects. How can auditors be skeptical of their paycheck? As Upton Sinclair said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” Big problem. Continue reading “The Big Short and Curlies”

Episode 33 – The Aviator (1:24:43)

We join forces with Jon Reed from Libertarianism For Normal People to discuss the Martin Scorsese biopic of Howard Hughes, the Aviator.  It’s a long movie and so we focus on some key points and overall themes in our discussion. The way of the future.

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Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such as “Hell’s Angels,” a passionate lover of Hollywood leading ladies Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and an aviation pioneer who helps build TWA into a major airline. But in private, Hughes remains tormented, suffering from paralyzing phobias and depression. The higher he rises, the farther has to fall.

Trailer:

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http://libertarianismfnp.com/ Continue reading “Episode 33 – The Aviator (1:24:43)”

NHS Performance Review

The National Health Service in the United Kingdom is a paragon of efficiency in the allocation of healthcare services…right?

By Antony Sammeroff


The NHS budget has doubled in real terms over the last 20 years but waiting lists are longer than ever! A shocking 4 million people languish for hospital treatment and at current trends this number is set to rise to 5 million in 2019 unless we do something to reverse them.

The truth is we do not have universal healthcare in the UK but rationing. In Britain more than one million people are waiting to be admitted to hospitals at any one time. 25% of British cardiac patients die waiting for treatment, delays in treatment for colon and lung cancer patients have been so long that 20% of the cases were incurable by the time they finally received care. The elderly simply are not given access to particular services – period. We also do not have equality of access among rich and poor as many people would like to think. The Guardian revealed that the more socially deprived an area the worse the quality and access to care on the NHS is likely to be.

Profligate waste and severe inefficiencies within the system which cost not only the tax-payer, but human lives. Data from the government shows that a stay in an NHS hospital costs around £400 per day, whereas a typical private hospital stay is almost a third cheaper at around £275 per night. In 2014 an NHS efficiency league table revealed that some hospitals that were spending eight times as much as others to buy the same items – sometimes at an expense of up to £600,000 a year. Correcting this could save £1 billion across a £14 billion budget. Continue reading “NHS Performance Review”

Anarchy In Action – Recycle Revolution – Nguyen Solutions

In our very first attempt at doing an interview with a guest where a movie is not involved, we discuss a market-based solution to a common problem around garbage and recycling.

Justin Nguyen of Nguyen Solutions joins us from Bali, Indonesia to talk about his efforts to spark a Revolution in Recycling using a very unique insect species that seems almost perfectly suited for the job.

If you like what you hear and see, do check out his website and IndieGoGo campaigns:

www.nguyensolutions.org

https://igg.me/at/nguyensolutions/x

We hope you enjoyed this interview. Let us know in the comments what you think and if you would like to see more content like this from us in the future.

Here are the links to the shows notes pages that contain the Rothbard lecture and the Floy Lilley lecture related to environmentalism:

Episode 30 – Idiocracy: 4th of July Special w/Adam Kokesh (1:52:59)

Episode 18 – The Lorax (1:16:13)

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We use movies as a starting point for people who may not be familiar with this way of thinking.   Discussion of the plot and decisions that characters make in relation to morality and violations of the non-aggression principle are our bread and butter.

We also will highlight and discuss any themes or lessons from Austrian Economics that we can glean from the film.

The point is to show what anarchy actually is with instances that are presented in film.

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If Taxation is Theft then What’s The Solution?

Many libertarians are obsessed with their hypothetical presentations, meme generations and backfiring discussions on “Taxation is theft”. It’s a very rare opportunity to behold the specific solutions or alternatives to taxation, in their discourses. I am not questioning the social media activities of these “Taxation is theft” libertarians or anarchists, but however, it adds more value to our discussion with the pigeons (statists) when they are frequently looking out to shit over our chessboard.

It is splendid to behold my amigos “triggering” the pigeons about consent, choice and coercion. Without this activity, it is impossible to counter the hallucinating culture. This activity is a prime example of peaceful education, which the statists must understand, because libertarians or anarchists are not using force, violence or government to put forward their premises. In this whole saga, triggering action is a password to unlock the cognitive revolution. It should ratiocinate the whole point with solutions, because statists are not intellectually fit to take their own discretion in suggesting the alternatives.

In this blog, I am not spending much time in explaining “why taxation is theft?” as there are many memes, blogs, podcasts, debates, etc. available online. But, you may still reuse my short youtube video (graffiti art) on the whole crux: Continue reading “If Taxation is Theft then What’s The Solution?”

Episode 32 – Don’t Breathe (1:14:52)

Just Robert and me, just me and Robert on this one, talking about the 2016 home-invasion thriller Don’t Breathe.  Plenty of moral ambiguity and twists and turns in this one.  It’s almost like this movie was made for this podcast.  We sink in for almost as long as the movie on some pretty tough questions.  This is a fun episode.

The Googz:

Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he’s an easy target, the trio invades the man’s secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.

Trailer:


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Why I’m Against Net Neutrality

The Birth of Corruption before your eyes

By Carl Killough


It’s time for some clarification.

I am against Net Neutrality and the FCC. You should be too.

This one of my principles that I rely upon when deciding if extending the government power over us is actually desirable:

Laws tend to get made with the best of intentions, but once our eye is distracted from the matter, those who have a vested interest (corporations and politicians) in the power of the state will spend far greater effort to embed themselves politically than any effort you or I would to make sure they are actually acting in our best interest. If no one polices the police, corruption results and the new bureaucracy starts to be used in a way that is counter to the original intent of the law.

So, I have to ask myself, do I want to give Comcast, Cox, Century Link, Verizon, Facebook, Google, et al. an incentive to choose to spend their time and resources hiring lobbyists for more political control, or do I want to take that incentive away from powerful corporations and thus encourage them to hire more engineers, lay more fiber, or develop a new way to use the net we’ve never thought of before?

I choose the later, so I must encourage a reduction in state power, and therefore I’m not only against net neutrality, but the FCC as well.

None of this makes the choice any easier. The net neutrality law looks very seductive on the surface. It proposes to protect the little guy and to keep ‘unfair’ business practices in check with internet communications companies. Who could possibly be against that? However, we must look at if the law will actually achieve the desired results.

Who has the power to lobby congress? Who has the resources to bring their will to bear in government?

Large, powerful corporations with massive coffers.

 

Continue reading “Why I’m Against Net Neutrality”

Net Neutrality is Newspeak for Cronyism

Net Neutrality needs to be “unmasked” so to speak.

via GIPHY

The government wants it. Progressives want it. High bandwidth-consuming companies want it.

The story goes:

[insert giant ISP here] is the great evil of big business wielding its power against free speech. Only the humble government can ride in on its white steed of Justice to protect the poor children from being exploited by the greedy capitalists.

The concept of “Net Neutrality” sounds noble and fair.  All traffic gets treated equally.  What would be the problem with that?

Even those espousing the freedom position can get caught up in this Orwellian newspeak.

What they “want” you to think.

The reality is though, that boot would only smash the snake…not the Net Neutrality part.

But, it’s a warm and fuzzy boot and it matters not if the boot of government is from the Left or the Right, it is ALWAYS squashing the free and open internet.

What is actually is

Net Neutrality = Cronyism Continue reading “Net Neutrality is Newspeak for Cronyism”

Treason by Elected Officials: the Minimum Wage

By Gene Balfour


The proposed Minimum Wage Law increases in various US jurisdictions is an act of aggression against businesses and willing workers. It is also an act of treason by elected officials against the very citizens who entrusted them to protect their well-being.
Here is the analysis to prove my claims.

Individual property rights includes 4 components which we all possess: our BODY, MIND, EFFORTS and the ASSETS we acquire through the application of the first three.

Employment is a form of trade – an economic exchange between two willing parties.

Property and Exchange

The terms of employment are based on each employee’s (party #1) willingness to apply his or her body (skills), mind (knowledge), and effort (productivity) to meet the goals set by the employer to fulfill the expectations defined by the job description and responsibilities thereof. The employer (party #2) agrees to pay each employee from assets that have been earned by the business owners which constitutes their legal property. As part of this arrangement, the employer also makes available other assets to the workers including a work place, equipment, co-workers/teammates/management, intellectual property and, of course, paying customers who make the entire enterprise viable.

Hiring a new worker is no different than any other business investment, regardless of its nature – equipment, energy, services or labour. The business expects a return on investment (ROI) or else they will not invest. Some jobs provide a lower ROI than others due to their low skill/knowledge requirements and the wages for these jobs reflect this reality. Overqualified workers will not apply for these jobs knowing that other jobs can leverage their skills and knowledge at a higher pay level. Under-qualified workers will need more training and time to become productive at the ROI levels expected by the employer. All employers seek the best candidates for each job and usually choose the person who is not overqualified and too expensive or so under-qualified as to require too much time and effort to meet expected performance goals.

When governments enact laws like the Minimum Wage Level, the business case for hiring new workers is taken out of the hands of the employer and potential workers. This is a violation of the property rights of both and is actually harmful to both parties. Like medical doctors who swear an oath to “do no harm” to their patients, is it too much to ask our political and government leaders to abide by the same oath?

Gene Balfour
Professional recruiter for 35 years
Fenelon Falls, ON

Economic Harmonies: Chapter Three Review – The Inexhaustible Nature Of Wants and What Keeps Them In Check

By Scott Albright


The process of how man’s wants are satisfied as described by Bastiat in chapter two of Economic Harmonies may seem a little dry and methodical to some, but chapter three goes deeper into the depths of a mans essence and being on top of elucidating on some causal relationships.

There have always been deep seated fears that automation emerging in the market via innovative capital investments would make people lazy and create many idle hands. Coupled with this fear is the claim that unfettered capitalism and the full unleashing of free market forces would give rise to immorality and a societal degradation, so to speak.

Chapter three highlights that although suffering is inevitable in our world, it also can and often does act in a manner that tends to rid itself of its own causes.

The study of the natural laws of society will reveal that the role of suffering is gradually to destroy its own causes, to restrict itself to narrower and narrower limits, and, finally, to guarantee us, by making us earn and deserve it, a preponderance of the good and the beautiful over the evil. [1]

Part of the reason that people seem to fear that capital investment and wealth creation will eventually lead us to become lazy and idle is that they tend to assume that mans wants and desires are a fixed quantity beyond which people will just consume leisure. They forget that self-interest is the mainspring force that drives humanity and that the well of desires in man is endless.

On the subject of human wants I have an observation to make that is important, even fundamental, for political economy: they are not a fixed, immutable quantity. By nature they are not static, but progressive.

This characteristic is to be noted even in the most material of our wants; it becomes more marked as we advance to those intellectual tastes and yearnings that distinguish man from beast. [2]

Also, there is much to be learned from one of the most poignant statements concerning the problems that arise when people believe that wants are a fixed quantity to be desired:

It is impossible to find a good solution to the problem of the machine, foreign competition, and luxury, as long as wants are considered as an invariable quantity, or their capacity for indefinite multiplication is not taken into account.

But if man’s wants are not fixed quantities, but progressive, capable of growth like the inexhaustible desires on which they constantly feed, we must conclude, granting that a balance between the means and the end is the first law of all harmony, that Nature has placed in man and about him unlimited and constantly increasing means of satisfaction. This is what we shall now examine. [3]

Not everyone desires solely economic and monetary gains as their most valuable ends, as the essence of one’s being often desires to enjoy more nobler goals, such as the continual learning and expanding of knowledge, the cultivation of ones intelligence and sensibilities to become more learned and refined, the charitable giving to their less fortunate brethren, close relationships with family, friends, community and extended ranges of society beyond the individual are high on the lists of many.

But we must not forget that enjoying these said desires of a higher order can only be realized after we can provide for our own basic needs. Continue reading “Economic Harmonies: Chapter Three Review – The Inexhaustible Nature Of Wants and What Keeps Them In Check”

CNN’s Ugly Behavior

By Morten Rolland


CNN scrambles to cover themselves during the 4D-chess match they can’t seem to understand:  http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/04/politics/kfile-reddit-user-trump-tweet/index.html


How appropriate: fake wrestling with fake news

“His ugly behavior”!? You are the only one with an ugly behavior here, CNN! You are threatening to dox a kid for making a joke gif about a huge media company (which, btw, means you’re blackmailing him for using his freedom of speech) – a world wide giant felt intimidated by a kid on Reddit and had to shut him down? Wtf is up with that! This is absolutely insanity!

You disgust me, CNN. You are a bunch of hateful, worthless, lying assholes, and I hope you will go bankrupt as soon as possible. All CNN journalists should be without a job, effective immediately. Your days of relevance are over.

To quote Thomas Jefferson:

“I deplore the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them… These ordure’s are rapidly depraving the public taste and lessening its relish for sound food. As vehicles of information and a curb on our functionaries, they have rendered themselves useless by forfeiting all title to belief.”

And by newspapers, he most certainly meant companies like yours, CNN.

How to Lose Credibility for Dummies

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Physical Removal – Separating the Facts from the Perversions

Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Augusto Pinochet, and the Alt-Right Trolls

By Jakob Hörngren


The meme warriors from 4chan have revolutionized the art of meme warfare, and in the process of doing so; prominent libertarian scholars have appeared frequently together with fascist leaning military dictators, in what I would call the “alt-right meme circus”.

Memeing Gone Rampant

The helicopter is warmed up, photoshoped into the image are the faces of Augusto Pinochet (the former Chilean dictator) and Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Austrian economist and libertarian theorist) replacing the original caricature faces. Loaded onto the helicopter are a few communists or antifa social justice activists. Pepe the frog furthermore drags the commies onto the helicopter, and the helicopter carries the flag of Kekistan (an invented kingdom).

The text on the meme reads, “Hoppe’s physical removal service”, or “The Hoppean helicopter ride”, or “Free Kekistan!” Does this scenario sound familiar to you?

If you identify yourself as an anarcho-capitalist libertarian then you have certainly been exposed to the literature of Hans-Hermann Hoppe, and you might laugh in amusement at this type of weaponized autism put forward by the alt-right internet trolls.

While the perversion of Hoppe’s argumentation ethics is entertaining in a warped sort of way, it is understandable that some people could be deceived by this distortion of Hoppe’s arguments, and as a consequence obtain a twisted interpretation of one of the greatest heroes for the cause of liberty.

Physical Removal

In order to clear up the confusion regarding the controversy around Hoppe, we need to look closer at his argumentation ethics, and frame the issue given the presumed conditions from which Hoppe derives his reasoning. In his masterpiece, Democracy – The God That Failed, Hoppe famously claims that:

“in a covenant…among proprietor and community tenants for the purpose of protecting their private property, no such thing as a right to free (unlimited) speech exists”

because some people might promote ideas that would disturb the naturally established covenant and destabilize the covenant’s asserted protection of private property, concepts such as “democracy and communism”.

Hoppe furthermore goes on to argue that “there can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order” and the conclusion is that the alleged enemies of private property preservation “will have to be physically separated and removed from society”, so to speak.

The idea of “physical removal” is coming from the aforementioned statements. These statements, when taken out of context can be widely misunderstood. Continue reading “Physical Removal – Separating the Facts from the Perversions”

ReaditFor.me | The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is a timeless classic.

Which of the Laws will make the biggest difference for you and your business?

There are 5 that may move the needle for you.

Today I read a summary of the book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell.

I learned that our leadership levels are directly correlated to the results we are able to produce with our teams.

Here is an idea and an exercise to consider this week, inspired by the book:

The Law of The Lid.
According to Maxwell, leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness. What does he mean? In a nutshell, the lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on their potential.

Exercise:
To find out where your leadership level is right now, reach out to people who know you best and ask them to rate you on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) in each of the following areas:

People skills;
Planning;
Strategic thinking;
Vision; and
Results.

Then, average the scores, and compare them to your own assessment.

Where are the gaps in the assessment? What can you learn and apply over the next month to close that gap?

If you want more, you can read a summary of this book here today (you’ll need to create a free account first):  https://readitfor.me/read-rothbard


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Do Trans People Have a Right to Serve?

This morning, President Trump sent shock waves across the Left-Right Paradigm when he made the following succession of tweets about trans people in the military:

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As one would imagine, the backlash came furious and swift, with commentators splitting along familiar ideological lines. The arguments from both sides are so familiar that I will not even recount them here.

My question is: why do we waste our time with this trash? Arguing over this recent controversy only detracts from the point that we want the least amount of people in the military as possible.

I was similarly affected when Congress was considering making women register for the draft. During this time, our friends on the Left were celebrating the potential move as a step forward for women’s equality. This sentiment echoes a familiar phrase: “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.”

Absolute garbage, I say.

War, in addition to being a pure racket, is also the health of the State, where instead of the State protecting its citizens from other States, as we have been lead to believe, the reality is exactly the opposite.

Even though most Voluntaryists maintain their own social beliefs, this is not a trans issue at all. This is about celebrating the fact that less people now bear the burden of going abroad to kill innocent civilians for oil companies and government drug cartels.

In the interest of completely separating ourselves from the political theater, let’s bypass this distraction and focus on removing all soldiers from the United States Military unless for the express purpose of protecting against aggression that immediately and legitimately threatens our life, liberty, and property.

Though, if they were truly interested in doing that, they may find that the true enemies are much closer to home . . .

For more on the realities of what war inherently is, I would refer readers to Episode 3 of the Liberty Weekly Podcast:

WAR: WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? (ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!) EP. 3

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A Free Press is Great. Too Bad We Don’t Have One. (Episode 47)

Do we have a free press?

do we have a free press?

One of the cornerstones of a free society is freedom of the press. We at LFNP firmly believe that. A free press is one that can keep a check on the government’s overreaching powers and infringements on civil rights.

The problem is, what we call “the press” or “journalism” today isn’t even close; it’s a mouthpiece for one particular side of the political spectrum with the goal of furthering its agenda and expanding its power.

For those who are on the whole #journalismmatters kick in the era of Trump, we have some insights for you in this episode.

Links related to this episode:

Journalism Is an Act, Not a Profession

Where Did All the Investigative Journalism Go?

Yes, Many Journalists Choose Sides in a Conflict—and Often for the Worst Reasons

The Myth of Media Watchdogs

The Free Press Is Great. Too Bad We Don’t Have One.

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Veteran and Beloved Liberty-Minded Politician passes away at 20 years old: Stubbs the Cat

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The world continues to mourn the passing of one of the greatest liberty-minded leaders of our time. Stubbs the cat, who passed away in his sleep the evening of July 20, had faithfully served his community as mayor of Talkeeta, Alaska since 1998. Born in 1997, Stubbs was sadly only 20 years young when he died.

Talkeeta, a community of around 900 people, chose Stubbs to be their representative around 19 years ago as a write-in candidate. Since then, this furry feline has always enjoyed bipartisan support, as well as the love and affection of tourists, his family and many neighbors and friends. In 2013, Stubbs survived a vicious dog attack, but made a remarkable recovery and went on to eat, sleep and bring joy to those around him.

Libertopia’s own libertarian cat issued a statement earlier this morning, noting that, “We have lost a great champion of liberty in our era through the loss of such a remarkable cat who lived life to the fullest. Particularly noteworthy was Stubb’s proud defense of his community in the great Dog Attack of 2013 and his unique gift of bringing people together. Unlike many politicians today, he never raised taxes, made empty promises, campaigned for special interest projects, bombed anyone or created any laws that further reduced our liberties. Stubbs will surely be an inspiration to future generations of cats and humans alike.”

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ReaditFor.me | Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd

Understanding and communicating how you are different from your competition is critical to your long-term success. The tricky part is how to do it.

Youngme Moon (a Harvard business school professor) wrote the book Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd to help us consider specific ways we can stand out in a crowded marketplace, using successful case studies as her starting point.

Today I read a summary of the book Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon.

I learned some very specific techniques for making sure we stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Here are three of them from the book to consider this week:

Reversal. Eliminate most/all of the features our competitors have been using to compete. Like Jet Blue getting rid of first class and free meals. Or IKEA forcing you to assemble your own furniture.

Breakaway. Replace one mental model with another. Like Kimberly-Clark creating the “Pull Up”, which completely eliminates the stigma of wearing a diaper beyond age 2. Or Swatch, which asked it’s marketplace to consider a watch to be an everyday fashion accessory instead of an expensive piece of jewelry.

Hostility. Instead of laying down a welcome mat, you lay down a gauntlet. Like Mini, who turns a perceived weakness (their cars are super small), and turning it into the focal point of their marketing program.

If you want more, you can read a summary of this book here today (you’ll need to create a free account first):  https://readitfor.me/read-rothbard


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