I’m reading a terrific anthology of individualist thought edited by George H. Smith and Marilyn Moore. One essay was written by Oscar Wilde and focuses on individualism being the least selfish among alternatives. Let me put it this way: I am an individualist first, voluntaryist second.
In 1943, as collectivist policies were ascendant, an extraordinary thing happened. Three women published three books that year that would jolt Americans from their socialist stupor and remind them of the fundamental American values of individual liberty, limited government, free-market capitalism, and entrepreneurship. This Women’s History Month is an ideal time to reflect on how Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand helped to catalyze the 20th century libertarian movement.
What is wrong with the welfare state? The two biggest flaws stem from its nature as a government institution.
Here’s how parents can push back on the alarming ideology that’s infecting our children’s classrooms.
Loneliness among Americans has been growing in recent years, but the policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically exacerbated the problem. A new report by Harvard University researchers finds that 36 percent of Americans are experiencing “serious loneliness,” and some groups, such as young adults and mothers with small children, are especially isolated.
Until I heard Professor Ryan, I was in danger of mislabeling myself. For the past year, I have been confused because I have not been aware of failing to be a voluntaryist, many longtime friends seemed to be going down a garden path, and by implication I was being called unpleasant things since I was taking care of myself. In other words, I was wearing a mask when it seemed prudent.
Episode 387 welcomes back Mish Ochu to chat with Skyler on the following topics: Nelson Nash’s Infinite Banking concept; Lara/Murphy Report; Biden’s body language; police interrogation; Mish’s need for speed during his more reckless years; why kids need to take risks; the causes of political extremism; when individualism goes to far; Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead; lies in modern life about people; the left verse the right on how they protest; distributed gun manufacturing and Cody Wilson; Ross Ulbritch and online drug markets; political blunders and adverse incentives; and more.
The way to put checks on human interaction and incentivize respectful behavior is more liberty and a culture that promotes individualism.
From one era to another of human history, human energies seem to be dedicated either to social salvation – think “progress” – or individual salvation – think “enlightenment” or “sanctification”. Sometimes this takes religious guises, other times more secular ones. We live in a time that, despite its frequent pandering to individual *lusts* and frequent spastic efforts to find “enlightenment” (yoga, New Age, etc), does not really have a structure that encourages individual salvation.
I just saw an article by venture capitalist Marc Andreessen called “It’s Time to Build.” I’m both encouraged and troubled by it.