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Another take on Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment

Yesterday, I gave some thoughts on President Barack Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment, which are reflective of his views, not only on business, but government as well. But to offer a more in-depth take, Aaron Ross Powell, editor of libertarianism.org, recently spoke with Caleb Brown of the Cato Institute, about the comments.

Powell explains that Obama’s view of a government that provides basic infrastructure isn’t really isn’t that bad, but he notes that this isn’t all that government does, pointing to vast and bloated federal programs that devour taxpayer resources. Powell also explains that Obama’s offers an “impoverished view” of cooperation and community:

Exploring Liberty: Christopher Preble explains libertarianism and war

A couple of months ago, we told you about the Cato Institute’s new project, libertarianism.org, a resource that explains and dives into the history of this excellent political philosophy.

They’ve been doing a series, “Exploring Liberty,” which explains various aspects of libertarianism. The first video in the series, hosted by David Boaz, offered an “introduction to libertarian thought.” The latest video, a lecture presented by Christopher Preble, explains our philosophy’s often misunderstood take on foreign policy and war:

I Think, Therefore I Read Libertarianism.Org

LorgFrontPageThis may come off as a shameless plug, but my friend Aaron Powell over at the Cato Institute has just launched a new project, Libertarianism.org. This takes a different tack than Cato and most other places, even including United Liberty. What this new website is doing is talking about the philosophy of libertarianism, the intellectual foundation for this new idea that is gradually sweeping the globe. That’s something that isn’t touched on so much in the media and elsewhere, but is the real answer when hippies get in your face and scream “Think of the Children!”

The website has videos dating back to the 80s, biographies of famous libertarians, lists and samples of books and important texts, and of course, more essays than you can shake a Kindle at. It also has a list of those who are critical of libertarianism, which is something one must consider; it is not enough to merely know the libertarian canon, because if you’re going to get into a debate, you have to know your opponent’s silliness in order to get them with it.

On top of all this, it has a really slick design.

I encourage everyone who reads United Liberty to go over there and read the essays, maybe even buy some of the books. They are not only a good start to learning about liberty, but for those of us who have been libertarians for some time already, they deepen and enrich our points, and give us a better background and context to work from.


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