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This was my introduction to Libertarianism It covers all the basics of what Libertarianism is and provides a clear description at a high level I
have given this book to many people and no one has ever told me they didn given this book to many people and no one has ever told me they didn like it Utopia is not an option I feel like this fundamental truth is what s missing from so many peoples political ideology No amount of regulating vice or meddling with businesses will create the perfect society No shifty bureaucrat can manipulate our currency just right to make us all wealthy and no amount of tomahawk missiles can free a population Libertarianism is based upon the philosophy of being pro choice not exclusive in reproductive matters or in the market but in all realms So long as individuals aren t violating the few natural rights of their fellows everything is permitted The only issue I take with this book is Bergland s oversimplification of the traditional liberal and conservative ideologies Of course when contrasting the views nuance will certainly suffer but I feel like he took it to an unnecessary level If you re interested in libertarianism this wouldn t be a bad place to start A good overview This was overall a pretty good view of mainstream libertarian party members ideas about government mostly excluding the significant minority of anarcho capitalists prior to the major shift away mostly excluding the significant minority of anarcho capitalists prior to the major shift away principle and toward high scores on the third party voting game It is "overall a very lucid treatment that could be uite persuasive to many people at that time In particular "a very lucid treatment that could be uite persuasive to many people at that time In particular think it could have changed a few minds amongst freedom minded Republicans who weren t especially religiously motivated or believed God wanted everyone to be free especially in the age of Ron Paul s candidacy for Republican presidential nominationDemocrats of any ind might have a harder time with it While the same rough balance of policy agreement probably applied to Democrats in crossover with these libertarian politica. Newly updated This is a comprehensively updated and rewritten edition of Bergland's classic introductory work With insight and candor Bergland answers the most common uestions about the freedom philosophy What exactly is libertarianism Does libertarianism work in the real world The book lays out the central premise of libertarianism you own yourself and reveals how that deceptively simple statement has an. .
David Bergland ó 6 review.
Control what we do to our bodies and to our property as long as these actions do not infringe upon the rights of others to do the same Government exists for a limited purpose to enforce those rights All of government s rights are derived from the governed so it cannot do things to people that other people would not be allowed to do For example government cannot morally punish people for possession to people that other people would not be allowed to do For example government cannot morally punish people for possession or ingestion of drugs because I do not have the power to control what a fellow citizen puts in his or her body Thus I cannot give this power to the government because it does not exist He then applies these concepts to among other topics foreign policy drug policy gun ownership welfareredistribution programs and education I would recommend Libertarianism in One Lesson to anyone that wants to learn about libertarianism This would also be a nice reference to point anyone who grossly distorts libertarian principles when trying to argue the opposing side As a libertarian one can be called a liberal a conservative a neoconservative or an anarchist depending on the topic at hand In reality libertarianism is a consistent philosophy based on a few basic principles This book does a good job at explaining those principles in an accessible way Excellent primer on how libertarians propose to fix the US Government Includes a wide range of issues including health care the war on drugs social security foreign policy economic policy etc I m not a Libertarian but I thought this was a concise discussion of what it means to be a Libertarian This was the very first liberty book "I ever read in 2009 It helped me understand basic libertarian values and principles It was a good first step for "ever read in 2009 It helped me understand basic libertarian values and principles It was a good first step for in the liberty movement Short and concise explanation of the libertarian philosophy and why it s the only political ideology that truly espouses respect for all individuals After reading this book you will not think about government the same way again. Oblems The best brief introduction to libertarianism available Bergland is anxious to provide as persuasive and comprehensive a case as he can and wastes no time getting to the point He has even adapted it so it can be readily used in classrooms and sprinkles the book with short sections differentiating among liberal conservative and libertarian positions on current issues Brian Wilson radio talk show host. L ideas as to Republicans in the same crossover I think the points of disagreement would be considered unacceptable in cases for freedom oriented Democrats except in cases where they were basically libertarians infiltrating the Democratic because "they thought Democrats were focused on certain liberty oriented social goals Those were likely to have "thought Democrats were properly focused on certain liberty oriented social goals Those were likely to have the Democratic party for Ron Paul colored pastures though unless they got the wool pulled over their eyes about some of his policy ideasSince the end of the Party Of Principle era though the Libertarian Party has diverged uite a bit from the picture painted by this book making it a little outdated Even worse now the radicalization and polarization of US culture has gotten so extreme that people probably wouldn t even be receptive to this book It seems like everyone s too busy voting against someone or against an image rather than a person to ever consider a third path political policy work like thisIt is not in my opinion a perfect set of policies or the most potentially influential work for changing minds but for what it is this is very well written clear and informative The best parts are extremely good which goes a long way toward making up for the worst parts which aren t all that bad Libertarianism in One Lesson is a nice short introduction to libertarianism It lives up to its stated purpose it presents libertarian viewpoints on a wide range of different issues that we face in the modern day world As is expected in something billed as a summary issues that we face in the modern day world As is expected in something billed as a summary doesn t delve too deeply into the issues To a reader just learning about libertarianism it is a great introduction To those that are well versed this could serve as a nice gift to someone else that is on the fence or a potential future convert to libertarianism Bergland begins the book by explaining the basic premises behind libertarianism He discusses the idea of self ownership We all have the right to. Enormous impact on the relationship between government and individuals Bergland explains where libertarians stand on Social Security gun rights the War on Drugs poverty the environment taxes terrorism and In a fast paced A chapter he contrasts the conservative liberal and libertarian positions on major issues Finally he punctures the muddled thinking that encourages people to turn to government to solve pr.