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  • #6631

    New to the forums? Introduce yourself in this thread!

    Name: Daniel
    Location: The Learn Liberty Headquarters! AKA Arlington, VA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work on the Learn Liberty team!
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Not sure if I have a favorite but top 3: Rand, Bastiat, Sowell.
    What is your favorite book?: The Law by Bastiat
    What are your hobbies? Most of my free time is spent at music shows/festivals and working on my seemingly endless backlog of video games (PS4).
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? End Drug Prohibition (is that cliche enough?)

  • #6679
    Drepa
    Dr Ugl
    Participant

    Name: Drepa Rugl
    Location: Reno, Nevada
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I’m the sales manager at a retail store.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Too many to narrow it down to one. The short list is Dr. Walter Block, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, & Dr. Tom Woods.
    What is your favorite book?: Non-fiction: Defending the Undefendable by Dr. Walter Block, Fiction: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
    What are your hobbies?: Reading, discussing politics, listening to music, and anything in the outdoors.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be?: End taxation of all kinds and all means. There’d be no way to fund the rest of the state’s evil exploits.

    • #6680

      Welcome to the forums!

    • #6684

      Welcome Drepa! As you can see we just rolled out the forums and want to make sure everything is running smoothly, but expect more content soon! 🙂

  • #6682
    Joshua
    Joshua Ammons
    Participant

    Name: Josh
    Location: IHS in Arlington, VA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work at the Institute for Humane Studies
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Hayek
    What is your favorite book?: Hayek and Modern Liberalism
    What are your hobbies? Reading, cooking, walking, podcasts, and hanging out with my wife
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? There are no silver bullets. We have to subvert all unjust laws one by one.

  • #6693
    Trent
    Aircoryell1980
    Participant

    Name: Trent
    Location: Lincoln, NE
    What do you do all day? I educate 9-12 students in economics, business education, and am an adjunct professor.
    Who is your favorite thinker? Bastiat
    What is your favorite book? Economics: The Thomas Sowell ReaderNon-economics: Lord of the Rings
    What are your hobbies? Cartooning, reading (economics and sci-fi), and my six sons!
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be?income tax. Theft indeed.

  • #6738

    Name: Emmy
    Location: Arlington, VA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I just started working at IHS on the Learn Liberty team!
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Friedrich Hayek, Loren Lomasky, and Camille Paglia
    What is your favorite book?: Liberty related- Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community by Loren Lomasky Non-liberty related-The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    What are your hobbies? I love traveling, cooking, and photography. I also spend way too much time on Netflix.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Minimum wage

  • #6753
    Wyatt
    Gungnir
    Participant

    Name: Wyatt

    Location: I move between various locations in Ohio.

    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I participate in roleplaying games (Legend of the 5 Rings, Vampire: the Masquerade, Werewolf: the Apocalypse, Pathfinder, etc.) with my friends when not engaged in a semester of college. College and interesting readings otherwise take up most of my time.

    Who is your favorite thinker?: R.M. Hare, although Master Mo and Master Yang of ancient China are also quite intriguing.

    What is your favorite book?: The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor LaVey. I have a leather-bound version.

    What are your hobbies? Although most of my time is spent roleplaying, I also watch certain anime and TV shows (my favorite is House, M.D.) a decent amount. Reading interesting articles in the fields of religion, psychology, philosophy, economics, and evolutionary ecology takes up a similar sum of my time.

    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Abolish the FDA. The United States leads the world in medical innovation at the moment, because (relative to other industrialized, Western countries) it leaves innovators with the greatest amount of liberty. 60 million people die each year. 40 million of those are by chronic diseases. This means that, if abolishing the FDA made medical progress even 1% faster, and we could cure all of these chronic diseases in 50 years, we could cure them in 49.5 years instead, saving half of the annual number of deaths on average, or saving 20 million lives in other words. That is nearly two times the number of people that Nazi Germany committed genocide against. I am actually quite convinced that abolishing the FDA would hasten medical advancement by an amount greater than 1%. In short, this means that I think abolishing the FDA would, in the long run, save hundred of millions of lives.

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Wyatt Gungnir.
    • #6773

      Good answer! I despise the FDA and it’s always frustrating how people seem to think it’s one of the more necessary federal departments. I don’t know if you’ve seen our video on product safety but it’s probably one of my favorites.

  • #6755
    Ricardo
    Ricardo_Urdaneta
    Participant

    Name: Ricardo Urdaneta.
    Location: Bogota, Colombia.
    What do you do all day: practice law at uhalaw.com, promote the Colombian libertarian movement (www.libertario.co) of which I’m a cofounder (we had a candidate for mayor of Bogota last year and gathered 20,000 votes on an approximate USD$10,000 budget).
    Who is your favorite thinker: Adam Smith.
    What is your favorite book: Il gattopardo (Giuseppe Tomasi de Lampedusa).
    What are your hobbies: dogs, horses, hunting, fishing, reading, history, arguing, riding motorcycles.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? I’d focus on the concept of consent so that courts are more proactive in nullifying it if encumbered by mistake, duress or fraud. Consent is the mechanism we use to exercise freedom and it is too often presumed.

    • #6841

      Bienvenido Ricardo!

  • #6764

    Nidesh Acharya
    Participant

    Name: Nidesh Acharya
    Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work at the merchant banking Named GLOBAL IME CAPITAL LTD.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Fredric Bastiat
    What is your favorite book?: The Law
    What are your hobbies?: To read Everything that I get specially philosophical and to write, dance and travelling.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be?: In context of my country there are many laws I would like to change But to sort out one:- reducing tax on basic need items.

  • #6796
    Norman
    Norm
    Participant

    Name:Norman Singleton
    What do you do all day: President of Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty
    Who is your favorite thinkers: Murray Rothbard, Ron Paul, C.S. Lewis, Pete Townsend
    What is your favorite book: For a New Liberty
    What are your hobbies: reading, bloging, plaything with my godson, making fun of politicians, movies,
    What is your favorite libertarian-themed movie: tie between Winter Solder and Civil War

  • #6805

    Name: Meg
    Location: Arlington, VA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work for an educational liberty-advancing non-profit
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Max Stirner
    What is your favorite book?: From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power
    What are your hobbies? reading, hanging with friends, going to concerts, hiking
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? I would take away the power to levy taxes. Without revenue, the state can’t really do anything 🙂

  • #6833

    bliss4
    Participant

    Name: Niran
    Location: Ghent, Belgium
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I am a masters student at Ghent University. I am a student of biological science but I am also interested in economics, political science and development theories.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Wendy McElroy, Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick
    What is your favorite book?: Anarchy, State, and Utopia; Capitalism and Freedom
    What are your hobbies?: Travelling; exploring food, culture and people
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be?: world would be much better if there were no laws

    • #6840

      Welcome Niran!

  • #6842

    It’s cool to see so many Learn Liberty fans from outside the U.S.!

  • #6869
    Denai
    DenaiRebecca
    Participant

    Name:Denai
    Location:Madison, WI
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work as a Digital Project Manager for an Advertising Agency.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Me, My Husband, Hayek, Rothbard, Friedman, Paul, Jillette.
    What is your favorite book?: Don’t really have one.
    What are your hobbies? cook, sing karaoke, play trivia, volleyball, learn, watch econ videos.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? End Drug Prohibition – it would have the greatest impact.

  • #6872
    Greg
    Greg Himself
    Participant

    My name is Greg. I live in Ninilchik, Alaska, and after trying to fill out the rest of this form and spending too much time thinking and backspacing, I decided you’ll just have to get to know me over time. But hi!

    • #6873
      Joshua
      Joshua Ammons
      Participant

      Greg! It is good to see you on here! I see you made it to Alaska. It was really fun meeting up with you in Memphis. I hope all is well.

  • #6875
    Tyler
    GreedyCapitalistPig
    Participant

    2nd attempt:

    Name: Tyler
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Just hired as a financial advisor with my full-service retirement firm.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Friedman
    What is your favorite book?: Gates of Fire, The Last Battle, Hatchet
    What are your hobbies? Digital music composition, family time, games (digital and manual).
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Overturn Roe v. Wade. Let the states decide if they want to murder the innocent.

    • #6885

      Hi Tyler, and welcome!
      My spidey sense went off when I saw your name so I flagged the comment until one of our mods could take a look at it.
      Apologies for that, it’s my PTSD kicking in from being on so many forums with trolls 🙂

    • #6890
      Tyler
      GreedyCapitalistPig
      Participant

      Haha no worries. I too have weathered many forums rife with trolls. The name is a badge of honor to those who know that capitalism is the most benevolent, dignifying and least oppressive form of economic interaction, and serves as a confirmation of what those who oppose already believe. It may not save discussion time, but it serves my sense of humor well.

  • #6946
    Adam
    Adam
    Participant

    Name: Adam
    Location: Indianapolis
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Accountant
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Hayek, M. Friedman, Caplan, Jane Jacobs
    What is your favorite book?: Lord of the Rings
    What are your hobbies? Economics
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Constitutional amendment to balance the budget. Specifically the approach pushed by Compact for America (http://www.compactforamerica.org/).

    • #6971
      Cory
      Learn Liberty Cory
      Participant

      Hey Adam! I think you and I met at an IHS Summer Seminar last year. We’re thrilled to have you in the community. Start some topics about whatever liberty-related things you’re interested in these days!

  • #6976

    Name: Ted
    Location: Northern Virginia
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work on the Learn Liberty team!
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Frédéric Bastiat, Murray Rothbard, and (of course) Baldy Harper
    What is your favorite book?: The Machinery of Freedom – David D. Friedman
    What are your hobbies? Learning more about the thought and heritage of Classical Liberalism.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Repeal the Internal Revenue Code (and the income tax generally).

  • #6996
    Norman
    Norm
    Participant

    I forgot to add what law I would change so here goes: End the Fed

  • #7078
    Eric
    Eric_Evans
    Participant

    Name: Eric Evans
    Location: Lewis Center, Ohio, USA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I am an evil capitalist middle man who makes evil profits from evil voluntary exchange.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: In order: Rand, Rothbard and Mises.
    What is your favorite book?: Atlas Shrugged, For a New Liberty, Socialism
    What are your hobbies? reading and writing
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? I would line item veto the Elastic Clause in the US Constitution. Hasn’t the rubber band been stretched far enough already?

  • #7079
    Chris
    Chris_Addy
    Participant

    Name: Chris Addy
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Graduate student
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, Robert Nozick
    What is your favorite book?: Wealth of Nations
    What are your hobbies? Reading/learning, good food, good conversations.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Just one? I think an easy place to start would be eliminating the death penalty and ending the drug war. These are low hanging fruit. It is easy to get into a complicated discussion with the right/left on issues involving money. But on issues that don’t involve math – where the state is imprisoning people for no morally-justifiable reason and killing others – the case is much easier to present and we could win enough support from the left/right to do these relatively easy. After that, we can pick apart the state, but why not start with a couple easy wins under our belts?

  • #7105

    Katherine_H
    Participant

    Name: Katherine
    Location: Bozeman, Montana but currently DC
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): College Student and work for AFP in my home state
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Rothbard and Hayek
    What is your favorite book?: Ender’s Game
    What are your hobbies? Singing, Lifting weights, writing
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? I can’t even pick one.

  • #7172
    Tim
    Tim_Johnson
    Participant

    Name: Tim

    Location: Chicago, IL

    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work at a large insurance company in their IT department as an Incident Management Analyst

    Who is your favorite thinker?: Jesus of Nazareth, Dallas Willard, Dostoevsky, M. Freidman, to name a few of the most influential

    What is your favorite book?: Recently? Hmm… Fiction, The Cyberiad (Lem); Non-fiction, Free to Choose (Friedman)

    What are your hobbies? Reading and writing, guitar and singing, walking and swimming, computer and role playing games.

    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? I realize this will fly in the face of a lot of libertarians, but hear me out. My argument for this is classic liberal, I’m not a far right nut. I would make abortion illegal except when the life of the mother or a multiple sibling (twin, triplet, etc.) is at stake. My argument is along the lines of protecting those in our society who are most vulnerable of all and cannot protect themselves: the individual who is a child or is mentally or physically impaired to the point they cannot make effective choices for themselves. Children are not property, regardless of their developmental state, so they have a right to choose whether they live or die just like anyone else. Further, all human beings are People and unborn People cannot even make the choice to end their life so no one else has that right to do it for them, either. Put another way, an unborn Person does not have the capacity to make the choice whether to die or not, so the only reasonable thing to do in a free society is to assume that, were they capable to do so, they would choose to keep their life. I don’t think that is unreasonable. Abortion seems to me to largely be the moral equivalent of the financial bailout for banks in 2009: the banks faced unintended consequences for which they were not prepared and we thought their failure was too great to bear so we bailed them out rather than allowing them to fail and thereby allow the market to adjust and correct itself. There are consequences to the choices we make, and if one chooses to have sex, one must accept the possibility of getting pregnant (or getting someone pregnant for that matter). That seems to be a pretty fundamental belief in Classical Liberalism: that the individual has the right to choose and also bears the responsibility for those same choices. It is unreasonable and even harmful to ask another person to bear the responsibility for my choice, yet that is what abortion does by asking the unborn Person to bear the consequences of the born Person’s choices. (I say all this as a single/divorced father of four kids, the first of which was a surprise and were in no way prepared.) Looking at it another way, if I make a choice to invest all my money in an opportunity and the opportunity fails, but I could get all my money back on the condition that I end another person’s life, does the murder become justified because I am facing the possibility of financial ruin? No. But that is what we have rationalized abortion to be: homicide that is justified because the stakes are so high. We have effectively put a price on a human life, which is what murderers do: they decide a person’s life is not worth whatever it is they are after, whether it is a million dollars or a pair of shoes. That kind of moral thinking is what gave us slavery, tyranny, and courts that favor the wealthy over the poor. But then we don’t feel comfortable calling it murder, so we then redefine what it is to be a Person or even what “life” is so that we aren’t murdering we are ending a pregnancy or cutting out tissue. So now a Person is not a Person because they are Human, that isn’t enough, they must be a sufficiently developed Human. But where do we draw the line? And again we widen the crack in the door to defining People according to a measure other than simply being a Human. That kind of thinking gave us genocide of the Jews, slaughter of the mentally ill and the homosexuals in WWII, and every other war crime ever committed. And on and on it goes because we believe we can draw a line in the moving sands of cultural change. We have government interference in preserving a so-called right of humans to act against humans who cannot defend themselves rather than government preserving the right to life of the ones who cannot defend themselves. We oppress the weak in favor of the strong. I view abortion laws as perhaps the most destructive to our society; more than minimum wage, more than income tax, more than anything because it justifies the murder of the most innocent and most vulnerable People in our society: our unborn children. If government exists to preserve the individual Person’s right to a life, to liberty, and to property, then abortion laws must protect the pre-born Person from the post-born Person who would force a choice on them, regardless of how well-intentioned they may be, because the unborn person does not have capacity to make that choice. There are other attached issues, but that is the core of my reasoning on the issue.

    • This reply was modified 12 months ago by Tim Tim_Johnson.
  • #7174
    Drepa
    Dr Ugl
    Participant

    I’m right there with you.

    I’ve never understood libertarians like Rothbard who view of abortion as the removal of a parasite. It ignores the consequences of one’s choices.

    I consider myself paleo-pro-choice (a term I coined) because I feel focus on the original choice of whether or not to engage in activities that create a pregnancy are important if we care about the consequences of those actions. I wrote a bit more on this here.

    So go on which ya bad self! It sounds like we’re on the same page.

  • #7219

    Jacob Gaon
    Participant

    Name: Zach
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
    What do you do all day: I work as a government attorney.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Tyler Cowen
    What is your favorite book?: King Rat by James Clavell
    What are your hobbies? Table Tennis, video games, and attending religious gatherings.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Enact a unilateral free trade policy.

    • #7302
      Tyler
      GreedyCapitalistPig
      Participant

      We should be Phoenix buddies. I also enjoy video games and ping pong.
      Hit me up if you want: trhgames7@gmail.com

    • #7330

      Jacob Gaon
      Participant

      For sure! I’m out of town this weekend, but let’s try to set up a time for table tennis next week Saturday. I think I sent you an email as well; let me know if you didn’t receive it.

  • #7536

    John_Danny
    Participant

    First of all, thank you for giving me an opportunity to introduce myself. I am John, Reside at California. I have done my bachelor’s Present I am Working for the Google and You can contact me throughwhatsapp messenger

  • #7537
    Drepa
    Dr Ugl
    Participant

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    Excuse me, Mr. John Danny.
    Do you like eat ice cream. I love it much! Would you be friend of me? Forward your bank account # to my Nigerian prince in need of much helps. Thanks you!

    Haha! He works for the Google!

    • #7538

      Jacob Gaon
      Participant

      You know you’ve made it when the spammers arrive.

      • This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by  Jacob Gaon.
  • #7731

    Oguz_
    Participant

    Name: oguz
    Location: Warsaw, Poland
    What do you do all day: I do some research during day and am interested in being professional student
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Hayek
    What is your favorite book?: Leviathan
    What are your hobbies? Reading and riding bike.

  • #7801
    Peter
    Cincinnatus
    Participant

    Name: Peter
    Location: Madison, Wisconsin
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I am an industrial engineer trained in Lean and Six Sigma, so basically I practice the first rule of being a gentleman, I endeavor each day to make everyone’s life a little easier.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Plato, Lao Tzu, Bastiat, Bohr, Mises
    What is your favorite book?: I have to choose just one?
    What are your hobbies? reading, beating my head against the wall known as politics, volunteering with united way, canoeing, camping, trapshooting, archery (with a recurve), cooking
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? organization would be federal board of education, law would be asset forfeiture, to really throw this forum for a loop I would suggest passing a law to solidify jury nullification as an expressed right of the people.

  • #7829
    DAVID
    David_Lecklider
    Participant

    Name: David
    Location: Dayton, Ohio
    What do I do?: Work on my book on politics and Libertarianism, work with my dad on handyman jobs, tutor African refugee kids as a volunteer.
    Favorite Thinkers: Richard Maybury and Walter E. Williams
    Book: Bible? not sure
    Hobbies: Music/Concerts, reading, walking, news
    Law: I would overturn H.R. 7837 thereby abolishing the Federal Reserve.

  • #7943
    Maria
    misutase
    Participant

    Name: Maria Tase
    Location: Austin, TX
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!):I am a Reliability Engineer
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Nicolae Steinhardt -a Romanian Philosopher who’s work have not been translated into English, here is what I could find by search engine https://nicolaesteinhardt.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/communism-%E2%80%93-the-refined-laboratory-of-terrorism/ in English, Ayn Rand, Ludwig von Mises
    What is your favorite book?: The Holy Bible, especially The New Testament, The Happiness Diary by Nicolae Steinhardt, Atlas Shrugged
    What are your hobbies?: hiking, backpacking, swimming
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be?: strike down sanctuary city laws because they are in fact unconstitutional (regardless of the twisting illogical attempts to prove them constitutional these laws are simply unconstitutional)

  • #7985
    Nicole
    nliving
    Participant

    Name: Nicole
    Location: Indianapolis, IN
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Mom, wife, volunteer at Church, freelance in digital media & wordpress, amateur photographer & videographer.
    Who is your favorite thinker?:Bastiat, Sowell & Ben Shapiro.
    What is your favorite book?: The Law by Bastiat/ The Four Loves by CS Lewis
    What are your hobbies? Taekwondo, Sims Games, arts & culture
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Entitlements & Taxes

  • #8177
    Travis
    ShockingModerate
    Participant

    Name: Travis
    Location: Portland, OR
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!) Cafe Manager, Dad, Husband
    Who is your favorite thinker?: CS Lewis, Rothbard (young not old), Steve Horwitz (not even kidding)
    What is your favorite book?: The Brothers K, Catcher in the Rye, Philosophy of Liberty
    What are your hobbies? Books and Comics, Podcasts, Watching Wrastlin, Watching UFC, Table Top RPG
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? End the drug war

  • #8544
    Michael
    MStevens13
    Participant

    Name: Michael Stevens
    Location: Lawton, OK
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): In College, studying for a BA in History.
    Who is your favorite thinker?:Ludwig Von Mises, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Frederick Douglass, and Friedrich Hayek
    What is your favorite book?: The Bible, 5000 Year Leap: Twenty-Eight Great Ideas That Are Changing the World by W. Cleon Skousen
    What are your hobbies? Reading, Playing historical-based strategy video games (Civilization and Total War series)
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? It would not be one law, there are numerous laws that are a threat to liberty like ones that deal with welfare, raising taxes, creating entitlements, creating government regulations on businesses and on the individual. Also Constitutional amendments overturning: direct vote for Senators (17th Amendment) and the Income Tax (16th Amendment). Laws creating foreign aid to send to foreign countries regardless of our diplomatic relations. Ultimately any law that creates a unconstitutional expansion of government power over the individual and usurps their God-given rights. As well as overturning the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade and pushing the authority back to the states on abortion. I wish to return power back to the states, via Federalism.

    “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
    ― W. Cleon Skousen, The Five Thousand Year Leap

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  • #8677
    Mark
    markezuma
    Participant

    Name: Mark

    Location: South Central Wisconsin

    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I am a full time caregiver for my three disabled sons. I am only ‘off work’ when I am sleeping or they are in school.

    Who is your favorite thinker/ book?: I gravitate to the great spiritual leaders and books by and about them. Jesus, Mohamed, Lao Tzu are fascinating for me. As a member of the LDS church I’m almost required to put the Book or Mormon at the top, but it competes with the Bible, the Quran, and the Tao te Ching.

    What are your hobbies? I spend a lot of time on social media. Making YouTube video, arguing politics and religion, and playing video games when I not otherwise being productive.

    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution bugs me. I think it is used to subvert the 10th. State’s rights are much more important in guaranteeing individual rights than ensuring that the laws of the country are homogenous. I have no idea what would happen if the 14th were repealed but sometimes that seems like a truly good idea to me.

  • #8955
    Scott
    Scott_Bartlett
    Participant

    Name: Scott
    Location: Tumwater, WA (for the time being. Originally from Southern California).
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I am an educator with the GRAVITY Learning Center (part of the Educational Service District). I help 16-21 year olds earn their GED.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Tough call. I like Aristotle, Cicero, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, to name a few.
    What is your favorite book?: Another hard decision to make. My degree is in U.S. history and I read a lot of materials to enhance my understanding of history, economics, classic liberalism, etc.
    What are your hobbies? I play volleyball, tabletop games, and D20 based RPG games mostly from Palladium Books. I also dabble in sword play and living history. I started participating in Civil War reenactments when I was in high school.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? If we all here can choose one law to change, perhaps we could deregulate enough laws to support some true liberty and economic freedom for all. We need to end prohibition and the Affordable Care Act for sure. Affirmative Action is also a hinderance to true equal opportunity. So that would be a start.

  • #8956
    Travis
    ShockingModerate
    Participant

    You had me at Palladium books. Currently running Heroes Unlimited.

    • #8972
      Scott
      Scott_Bartlett
      Participant

      Nice! I am running a Systems Failure game, but over Christmas caught up with my old friends from high school and we played Robotech by the old rules. Heroes is also a very fun game that I have enjoyed over the years.

  • #8998
    Burt
    Burt_Walker
    Participant

    Name: Burt
    Location: Vine Grove, KY
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Working on my second novel, a thinly disguised libertarian tome.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Not sure if I have a favorite but top current economic writer: John Tamny
    What is your favorite book?: A long list, but the one that influenced me the most was Atlas Shrugged.
    What are your hobbies? Writing
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Anything that allows asset seizure.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by Burt Burt_Walker.
  • #9024

    Sharon
    Participant

    Name: Sharon
    Location: Medford, OR
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I am a unapologetic you tube addict. I also play EQ2 way too much.
    Who is your favorite thinker?:Karen Straughan
    What is your favorite book?: I have many but, one I could read over and over again is The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart.
    What are your hobbies?Attempting to sort fact from fiction in Politics.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? I would rescind the “Hate” crime laws. I believe ALL crime is hateful and any stipulation to that fact puts one group of human beings above all others. I think that is wrong on every level.

  • #9025

    Cameron_WilliamsFFA
    Participant

    Name: Cameron
    Location: Chicago, IL
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Make YouTube videos and Blog for my site (The State of Southside Chicago)
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Murray N. Rothbard
    What is your favorite book?: Ethics of Liberty
    What are your hobbies? Photo editing, Reading, Video gaming, and Sketch art
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Minimum Wage law or abolishment of all taxes. This law along would allow so much more liberty to all Americans.

  • #9083

    Soprano534
    Participant

    OK ! Call me Soprano534 !

    Does that do it for you ?

  • #9084

    Soprano534
    Participant

    Didn’t realize that “FUN” is what this “forum” is supposed to be about !

  • #9308
    Žikica
    Sinisa Domic
    Participant

    Name: Sinisa
    Location: Bosnia, Sarajevo, Freedom and Prosperty organisation.
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work on in the insurance company.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Bastiat, Paul, Hayek ect.
    What is your favorite book?: The Law by Bastiat
    What are your hobbies? Most of my free time is spent at reading books.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? End Drug Prohibition, smallest goverment in my country.

  • #9412

    josh_martin
    Participant

    Name: Josh
    Location: Florida
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Support and Enhance an Electronic Health Record
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Jesus, the Apostle Paul, Werner Herzog, Jordan Peterson
    What is your favorite book?: shorts mostly – Dubliners, Nine Stories
    What are your hobbies?: making music with friends

  • #9696
    Kevin
    Libertycanada
    Participant

    Name: Kevin
    Location: Northern Ontario, Canada
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work as a furniture service technician and write.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Ron paul
    What is your favorite book?: Healing Our World by Mary Ruwart
    What are your hobbies? Writing and riding ATV
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Drug prohibition.

  • #9734

    Say
    Participant

    Name: Carl
    Location: Lubbock, Texas, USA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Retired and so do some volunteer work.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Zhuangzi
    What is your favorite book?: ?
    What are your hobbies? Baking, reading, walking.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? End nationalism.

  • #10072
    Pedro
    Liberty.mx
    Participant

    Name: Pedro Cordero.
    Location: Chihuahua, Mexico.
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Working as a divorce lawyer.
    What is your favorite book?: The law, the tragedy of great power politics and la otra historia de Mexico.
    What are your hobbies? Reading, Fishing, Writing, Gym, and promoting the libertarian movement.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Gun restriction laws and drug prohibition in my home country.

  • #10215
    Steve
    Steve_Conner
    Participant

    Name: Steve
    Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Working towards a degree
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Lysander Spooner, Robert Nozick
    What is your favorite book?: Blood Meridian
    What are your hobbies? Bike Riding, Learning, and Speaking Russian
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Income Tax

    • #10228
      Norman
      Norm
      Participant

      <aside class=”bbp-reply-to-quote”><div class=”bbp-reply-to-attribution”>Steve_Conner said:</div><div class=”bbp-reply-to-body”><p>Name: Steve<br />
      Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA<br />
      What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): Working towards a degree<br />
      Who is your favorite thinker?: Lysander Spooner, Robert Nozick<br />
      What is your favorite book?: Blood Meridian<br />
      What are your hobbies? Bike Riding, Learning, and Speaking Russian<br />
      If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Income Tax</p>
      </div></asid

      Hi Steve, always glad to met a fellow burgher lover of liberty

  • #10224
    Renee D
    Kimball the Daph
    Participant

    Name: Renee
    Location: Portland OR, USA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): sing, do Tai Chi, meditate and find ever better ways to market liberty.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Albert J Nock
    What is your favorite book?: Climbing Olympus (Stephen Bertman PhD), Calculated Chaos (Butler Shaeffer)
    What are your hobbies? Singing, Tai Chi, Philosophy, “Iconoclasting”
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Legal personification of the state ie if someone is arrested for disorderly conduct, they have “offended” or “injured” the state.

  • #10441

    Logan_Freed
    Participant

    Name: Logan

    Location: Wisconsin, USA

    What are your favorite books? “Food of the Gods” by Terence McKenna, “Walden” by David Henry Thoreau, “Bear Dance” by Will Hobbs, “Xenolinguistics” by Diana Reed Slattery, and “Life and Energy” by Isaac Asimov

    Who are your favorite thinkers? Plato, Terence McKenna, and David Henry Thoreau

    What are your interests? Shamanism, Nature, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Rewilding

    What are your hobbies? Hunting, Hiking, Kayaking, Writing, Reading, Listening to Music, Philosophy, Cooking, Camping, Watching Wildlife, Documenting Flora, etc.

    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? The Controlled Substance Act as it relates to Religious Freedom such as substance like cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, iboga, peyote, ayahuasca, etc. which have a long history of human use and have been associated with spiritual wellness and growth

  • #10533
    Matthew
    Matthew_Hurtt
    Participant

    Name: Matthew
    Location: Courthouse, Arlington-based; always on the road promoting liberty
    What do you do all day: Travel the country on behalf of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, providing training programs to identified activists.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Probably Sowell, for his ability to communicate the ideas of liberty in plain terms.
    What is your favorite book?: The Law by Bastiat; it was given to me as a gift when I ran for local office at age 19.
    What are your hobbies? Exploring the cities I’m visiting, cooking (when I’m home), and thinking about ways to communicate liberty to more people.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Abolish all forms of occupational licensure.
    List previous forum experience: Veteran of RonPaulForums(dot)com in 2007/2008.

  • #10796
    John
    John Shipley
    Participant

    Name: John
    Location: Upland, Indiana
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I am an electrical engineer that works for a systems integrator doing industrial automation.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: That is difficult. I subscribe to many and my preferences change overtime. But at this time, John Locke.
    What is your favorite book?: The History of Civilization in Europe by Guizot. I also like The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Etienne De La Boetie.
    What are your hobbies? I enjoy learning economics and enjoy reading. But I also enjoy working on my farm, spending time with my family, and learning about God Almighty.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Changing any one law would be insufficient for me. Changing the philosophical underpinnings that find making laws palatable that favor the few for the many would be more interesting. For instance along the issue of commerce, if only people recognized and embraced that everything is about CONSUMPTION not about PRODUCTION!

  • #11025
    John
    JKnetemann
    Participant

    Name: John
    Location: Denver, CO
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work for Students For Liberty!
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Can’t really narrow that down to one.
    What is your favorite book?: American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Maybe? Also a difficult one.
    What are your hobbies? Video games and reading.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Regulating the Utilities industry (but honestly this would probably take more than just one law).

  • #11026
    Josh
    Josh_Nestberg
    Participant

    Name: Josh Nestberg
    Residence: Upstate South Carolina
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work on vehicles at school and work sales at Tractor Supply.
    Who is your favorite thinker: I like reading Ben Shapiro’s stuff.
    What is your favorite book: ‘American Conspiracies’ by Jesse Ventura is one of them. I have so many. His book isn’t really Liberty related, but it’s opened my eyes to the government’s corruption.
    What are your hobbies: I enjoy working on vehicles, hunting, fishing, shooting, reading, watching funny videos, and hanging out with all my friends.
    If there is one law that you could change, what would it be: I would make Constitutional carry legal in all 50 states. The second amendment is very important to me.

  • #11033
    Cameron
    Cameron_Ventura
    Participant

    Name: Cameron Ventura
    Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work for Amazon.com in Customer Relations – I try to read at least 100 pages a day – and I spend time with my fantastic wife and our pup!
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Probably Thomas Paine (but also Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Dallas Willard)
    What is your favorite book?: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    What are your hobbies? Reading, surfing, learning
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? business regulation. I would love to see anyone, whether 12 or 90 – be able to start a business the same day they think it up – without fear of governmental reprimands.

  • #11114

    samira_khosrawi
    Participant

    Name:samira khosrawi
    location: Herat Afghanistan
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): i work in an organization AIL (Afghan Institute of Learning) reading and helping with many people who need to have knowledge of English language.
    Who is your favorite thinker? Ellen Degeneres
    What is your favorite book? The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
    What are your hobbies? researching, reading novel, helping people,watching funny videos, and hanging out with all my family friends.
    If there is one law that you could change, what would it be: change the system of centralize into decentralized system of government

  • #11196
    Md Ahsan
    Ahsan_Habib
    Participant

    Name: Md Ahsan Habib
    Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I work for UNFPA as a Programme and Administrative Assistant.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Steven Conrad
    What is your favorite book?: I Have a Dream
    What are your hobbies? Travelling, Photography, Graphics Designing, Music.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Taxation on basic needs items

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by Md Ahsan Ahsan_Habib.
  • #11278
    Mike
    mikefive
    Participant

    Name: Mike
    Location: Indiana, USA
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I’m an IT tech support person for a medium sized company.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Tom G. Palmer
    What is your favorite book?: Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson
    What are your hobbies? Learning to persuade toward liberty, Chicago Bears (NFL) fan, Indycar fan, home improvement.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? Only one? Outlawing Civil Asset Forfeiture, although ending the drug war, the Fed and the Dept. of Education would all be in the team photo.

    • #11296

      Welcome to the forum!

  • #11297
    Usman
    Usman Latif
    Participant

    Name: Usman Latif
    Location: Lahore, Pakistan
    What do you do all day (outside of watching Learn Liberty videos!): I am a Marcom Technologist and I hack growth for businesses with a mix of marketing, communication, and user experience (UX) strategies.
    Who is your favorite thinker?: Not sure yet. I am getting to know stuff about Liberty. Would want to read diverse ideas and see what resonates with me.
    What is your favorite book?: I haven’t read books on philosophy yet. Any suggestion for the beginners is welcome. I have read self-help books, mostly.
    What are your hobbies? I teach marketing as a hobby. I volunteer for mapping on OpenStreetMap. I am a member of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). I learn new skills. I am attracted to social science and economy. That is why I have started learning Liberty and all the concepts around it.
    If there is one law you could change, what would it be? There are many laws I would want to enhance in Pakistan. I want to enhance the Education laws and budget in Pakistan.

  • #11338
    Adriana
    Adriana_Oliveira
    Participant

    Meu nome é Adriana

    Cidade: São Paulo – Brazil

    Sou Bacharel em Direito e gosto de conversar sobre política e assuntos relacionados à Direitos Humanos.

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