"What moral system should government follow? The same one individuals follow. Do not steal. Do not murder. Do not bear false witness. Do not covet. Do not foster vice. If governments would merely follow the moral law that all religions recognize, we would live in a world of peace, prosperity, and freedom. The system is called classical liberalism. Liberty is not complicated."
- Dr. Ron Paul
Reflections About American Prosperity
by Jason Riddle
Today, the average American enjoys a standard of living that is virtually unmatched in history. For centuries, the majority of human civilization lived a basic hand-to-mouth existence; gathering, hunting, or farming the goods needed for survival. In many parts of the world this is still the case. What then have been the major contributing factors for economic progress in America? What makes our high standard of living possible?
The only social system that is conducive to a prosperous society is one that respects people as free and morally equal. The degree of economic progress is highly correlated to the degree that individual rights are protected.
The history of the US dollar is the subject of the greatest counterfeiting scheme the world has known. In this episode Jason explains how the dollar went from being defined as a specific amount of silver, to pegged to gold, now being confused with Federal Reserve notes. (Listen Here)
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The Differences among Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians by Robert A. Levy
For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto– Murray N. Rothbard (1973) - This is the book that helped launch the modern libertarian movement in the United States. The book views the right of self-ownership as establishing the complete set of principles of the libertarian system. Rothbard then devotes much of the book to Libertarian Applications to current problems. These lessons are as much, if not more, applicable today than when the book was written nearly 40 years ago.(Read More)
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