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"Freedom Without Permission takes the idea of human liberty seriously, not just as a policy for a free society but a personal philosophy for free people. There is so much wisdom here. A careful reading will save you years of diversions and get you on the right track toward building a new way of life." -- Jeffrey Tucker Too many people seek permission when trying to advance their own lives. They want external actors to open gates for them without realizing that the gates don't exist. Permission isn't needed and those who think it is create their own barriers to advancing their lives and realizing personal achievement. People believe they must look to others for permission to live their lives. They elect politicians to change the world. They believe schools award education. They believe external validation is the way to a career. They externalize their personal hardships instead of recognizing how often they inflict the hardships onto themselves. They wait for an invitation to create value when the impetus lies in their own hands and minds. They develop dependencies and preconditions that keep them from entrepreneurship. These are all myths. You don't need to ask for permission. But how do you do create a life without permission? The point of this book is to break more than to build. We are not attempting to provide a full-fledged philosophy on life without permission. Instead, the goal is to deconstruct and then offer exercises and habits of thought that will enhance your freedom. The core idea is that you don't need anyone's permission to do the things you want to do in life, or learn what you want to learn or feel how you want to feel. An entire intellectual edifice has been constructed to convince you of the opposite, and most of us start out seeing only though its windows. We want to help you tear it down or at least break a few panes so you can see beyond it and begin to form your own ideas about what your life can be. We wish to shatter some paradigms so you can begin to build your own process of learning and living. We begin with lessons that can be learned from history regarding our own freedom. We then look at politics, then education and move into career and entrepreneurship, finally, we end with practices for personal freedom. We span the process of growing up and moving from learning to living, creating the process as you go. This process requires knowledge (starting with self-knowledge), skill, experience, confidence, and relationships, but it doesn't necessarily require schooling, grades, credentials, or submission to a system or plan created by anyone else. The resources you need are already within you. We peel back some myths and help you see freedom as your own, not something you need permission to enjoy.
This book is part of The Integrated Life series.
This book was born out of the deep frustration the author felt while watching the 2011 Debt Ceiling debacle play out on TV. As it took shape, the President's approval rating fell to a low 36% and the Congressional approval rating plummeted to a miserable 14%. Needless to say, the mood of the nation was, and continues to be, one of general disgust for our elected representatives and a strong desire for change. The author, Eric J. Kiser, had finally had enough. Gathering a diverse group of friends around him, he formed the political action committee (PAC) "The League of Non-Aligned Voters." This political manifesto is his attempt to tell it like it is. The message: The American public seems to have forgotten how this country should work. Voters today are unhappy with the state of our union but still believe the answers to all our problems will be found with a politician already "working" in government. And, besides all evidence to the contrary, the voting public actually believes this career politician will be able to bring about the necessary improvements and reforms. The American people obviously have no idea how to go about achieving real change. If we did, we would not place our trust in a single candidate or one political party that claims to have all the answers. Meanwhile, these political parties have managed to herd a majority of Americans into two tidy little groups -- Liberal or Conservative. Red People or Blue People. Left or Right.-- Here they try to convince us that the fault for all our problems falls squarely in the lap of the opposition. Do we really believe that one party has all the answers or, that the other party is the cause of every problem on earth? I don't think so. Could it be that each side has some ideas or platforms that are good for America and some that are bad? This seems a little more accurate. But, the most likely scenario today is that both parties' share much of the blame for the problems in our current political system and both have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. This book has one simple goal in mind: To get more Americans thinking about how to regain control over the government again. This book suggests ways on how to do that by removing emotion from the equation and replacing it with logic, common sense and as much humor as we can muster. If we can just put away our partisanship long enough to remember a few basic concepts, then perhaps we can all come to a greater understanding of, and commitment to, the work that needs to be done, and why we better get to it before its too late. Remember; It was never supposed to be about moving the public to the "Left or Right." It's supposed to be about all of us moving "FORWARD!"
In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to win your dream job and be the first in line for a promotion.
There are few figures in history who have individually exercised so great an influence upon events as William Wallace and Robert Bruce. It was to the extraordinary personal courage, indomitable perseverance, and immense energy of these two men that Scotland owed her freedom from English domination. So surprising were the traditions of these feats performed by these heroes that it was at one time the fashion to treat them as belonging as purely to legend as the feats of St. George or King Arthur. Careful investigation, however, has shown that so far from this being the case, almost every deed reported to have been performed by them is verified by contemporary historians. Sir William Wallace had the especial bad fortune of having come down to us principally by the writings of his bitter enemies, and even modern historians, who should have taken a fairer view of his life, repeated the cry of the old English writers that he was a bloodthirsty robber. Mr. W. Burns, however, in his masterly and exhaustive work, The Scottish War of Independence, has torn these calumnies to shreds, and has displayed Wallace as he was, a high minded and noble patriot. While consulting other writers, especially those who wrote at the time of or but shortly after the events they record, I have for the most part followed Burns in all the historical portions of the narrative. Throughout the story, therefore, wherein it at all relates to Wallace, Bruce, and the other historical characters, the circumstances and events can be relied upon as strictly accurate, save only in the earlier events of the career of Wallace, of which the details that have come down to us are somewhat conflicting, although the main features are now settled past question.
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