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Do you believe in the freedom of individuals to determine their own future and solve problems cooperatively?
Don't hurt people, and don't take their stuff. Simple and straightforward, that's liberty in a nutshell—no assembly required.
And yet it seems like, more and more, the decisions Washington makes about what to do for us, or to us, or even against us, are having an increasingly adverse impact on our lives. Young people can't find jobs, millions of Americans are losing the health care plans they were promised they could keep, and every one of us is somehow being targeted, monitored, snooped on, conscripted, induced, taxed, subsidized, regulated, or otherwise manipulated by someone else's agenda, based on someone else's decisions made in some secret meeting or closed-door legislative deal.
Our government is out of control. But setting things right again requires that you step up and take your freedom back.
From Matt Kibbe, the influential leader of FreedomWorks, Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is the first true manifesto of a new libertarian grassroots movement. As political powermongers and crony corporatists in Washington continue to consolidate their control and infringe on our most fundamental liberties, Kibbe makes the libertarian case for freer people, more voluntary cooperation, and solving problems from the bottom up. He calls out the tyranny of faceless bureaucrats with too much power and discretion, laying out a clear road map for restoring liberty. A witty yet piercing critique of government's expanding control over you and your future, Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is a vital read for all those who cherish personal liberty and the unalienable right to choose your own path in life.
“For those eager to understand the clear-thinking that informs libertarian philosophy, Kibbes book is an excellent choice. ... Kibbes goal is to revive the libertarianism that clearly animated our founding fathers. ... [An] excellent book.” Forbes
From the New York Times
bestselling author of Hostile Takeover
and President of FreedomWorks—"the most influential Tea Party-aligned group in Washington" (New York Times
)—comes this passionate defense of libertarianism, the first manifesto of the libertarian movement.
Libertarianism is one of the hottest political movements in contemporary America, animating both the right and left with its emphasis on personal liberty. Espoused everywhere from young activists on college campuses to the up-and-coming stars of the right wing like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, libertarian ideology is gripping frustrated conservatives and political contrarians across the nation. In addition, figures on the right, including Ron Paul, Glenn Beck, and the Tea Party, have all rallied around the libertarian mantra and raised its profile in the national consciousness.
Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is a rational yet deeply felt argument supporting the individual against the oppression of the collective. Time and time again, Matt Kibbe points out, the political and corporate establishment in Washington consolidates its power by infringing upon basic American freedoms—destroying the principles that made the United States unique in history. He also offers a clear vision and action plan for the fight to be free.
In this essential manifesto of the new libertarian movement, New York Times
bestselling author and president of FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe makes a stand for individual liberty and shows us what we must do to preserve our freedom.
Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is a rational yet passionate argument that defends the principles upon which America was founded—principles shared by citizens across the political spectrum. The Constitution grants each American the right to self-determination, to be protected from others whose actions are destructive to their lives and property. Yet as Kibbe persuasively shows, the political and corporate establishment consolidates its power by infringing upon our independence—from taxes to regulations to spying—ultimately eroding the ideals, codified in law, that have made the United States unique in history.
Kibbe offers a surefire plan for reclaiming our inalienable rights and regaining control of our lives, grounded in six simple rules:
- Dont hurt people: Free people just want to be left alone, not hassled or harmed by someone else with an agenda or designs over their life and property.
- Dont take peoples stuff: Americas founders fought to ensure property rights and our individual right to the fruits of our labors.
- Take responsibility: Liberty takes responsibility. Dont sit around waiting for someone else to solve your problems.
- Work for it: For every action there is an equal reaction. Work hard and youll be rewarded.
- Mind your own business: Free people live and let live.
- Fight the power: Thanks to the Internet and the decentralization of knowledge, there are more opportunities than ever to take a stand against corrupt authority.
About the Author
Matt Kibbe is the president and CEO of FreedomWorks. A senior fellow at the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna, Kibbe coauthored the #1 Washington Post bestseller Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his awesome wife, Terry.