Table of Contents

PREFACE.....9

I

WHY POLITICS IS SO CONFUSING ....13

Politics In Mid-Stream ....13
The Timeless Allure Of Communism ....15
America, The Land Of Political Opinions Shaped By The State ....23

II

DEMOCRACY OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE POLITICIANS, FOR WHOM AGAIN? ....31

Choose Your Weapon: Representative Democracy Or Popular Democracy ....31
Common And Uncommon Political Sense ....32
General Welfare, Common Good, Public Interest: The Gateway Abstractions ....40
How Politicians Work: Let Corruption Ring! ....43
How The Military/Industrial Complex Works: You Scratch My back, Bombs Away! ....45
The Constitution's Problems: Article I Section 8...Sadly, A Template For Disaster ....47

III

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT (AFTER A BIT OF INSPECTION) ....65

Freedom In A Nutshell ....65
Self-Ownership ....65
Property Is An Extension Of Self-Ownership ....68
To Those Who Dislike Property And Profit ....73

IV

THE IMMORALITY OF POLITICS ....79

Corporations: The Semi-Good, The Bad, And The Ugly ....80
The Sand And Molasses Of Statism: Regulation And Preventive Law ....85
For Whom The Market Fails ....89
Imagine A Free World ....91
Effects Of Government On Producers And Consumers ....94
Schemes Of Villainy ....96

V

ENDING AUTHORITARIANISM AND MODERN DAY GUILDS ....101

Thou Shalt Not Alter Your State Of Mind, With Exceptions ....101
Thou Shalt Not Take Full Responsibility For Your Own Treatment - Authorities Will Handle That ....105
Thou Shalt Not Do Business Without Joining The State Guild - Licensure ....107

VI

ENDING MODERN DAY LETTERS PATENT ....115

Closing Pandora's Intellectual Box ....116
The Legal Jungle Of Patents, Copyrights, And Trademarks ....118
The Nature of Contracts ....121
How About IP In Perpetuity? ....125
Creative Commons, And So On ....127
How The Market Performs Without Intellectual Property ....130

VII

THE DEMISE OF THE STATE ....137

A Fully Privatized System ....138
What Abouts And What Ifs: Last Ditch Attempts To Save The State ....141

VIII

LAWS THAT PROMOTE OUR PURSUITS OF HAPPINESSES ....149

What About The Bill Of Rights? ....151
Welcome To The Bill Of Law ....153
Making Sense Of Foreign Policy Nonsense ....163

IX

IF IT'S NATURAL TO BE FREE, WHAT'S STOPPING US? ....169

Anti-Social Political Behaviors: Lying, Cheating, And Stealing ....169
Noticing The Obvious, And Judging It Properly ....174
Liberty-Oriented Values and Virtues ....177

X

LIVE FREELY AND NOT DIE! ....183

In Search Of The Governed's Consent ....183
Changes In Many Points Of View ....186
First, Free A State ....189

ADDENDUM: IMPORTANT IAQ (infrequently asked questions) ....203

BIBLIOGRAPHY ....211

BOOKS ....211

Culture ....211
Economics ....212
Law and Property ....214
Governmental Domestic Policy ....215
Governmental Foreign Policy ....216
Governmental Ills ....217
Philosophy and Psychology ....219
Political History ....219
Political Philosophy ....222

ONLINE ARTICLES ....223

Culture ....223
Economics ....226
Ethics ....228
Governmental Domestic Policy ....229
Governmental Foreign Policy ....230
Governmental Ills ....232
Law ....234
Political History ....237
Political Philosophy ....240
Property Issues ....244

INDEX ....249