There’s a new book out on libertarianism that that Glenn Beck raved about on his radio program this morning.
The title? “Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto” by Matt Kibbe, which as Beck described it is ”a dynamic book that every listener should read.”
Beck had Kibbe, the President and CEO of Freedomworks on his program to discuss his new title, which Beck praised for translating the language and principles of the founders into a plainspoken form and advocating for policies that represent seemingly radical but Constitutional, logical and necessary breaks from the status quo.
In his introduction, Glenn stated:
“I just want to give you — one thing, [one] reason why you should pick this book up. There is no one that would ever say this in any typical political book. “Should we end the Fed outright? Should we adopt a gold standard that prevents an easy manipulation and expansion of paper currency? I think we start by denationalizing money, an idea first proposed by F. A. Hayek. Let’s legalize gold as means of exchange. It’s allow competition in currency.”
What? Allow competition inform currency? It is so foreign to our thought or to our current thinking, and this is the kind of thinking that we need now in America. [This book is] the outline and the rules of liberty and the outline on how to get there.”
Glenn went on to break down some of the key principles that Kibbe puts forth in his book, and Kibbe provided his commentary on each topic. Such principles and Kibbe’s related commentary were as follows:
- Comply with the laws that you pass: “Obviously, today, most of the laws that Congress imposes on us, they refuse to comply with, because they know how bad it would be for them if they have to live under Obama Kay, they won’t force us to live under Obamacare.”
- Stop spending the money we don’t have: “The president obviously doesn’t get this, but the first principle of fiscal responsibility going back to Thomas Jefferson is debt is dangerous. Debt undermines the future of our country, our national security, everything about us. I say we put everything on the table.”
- Scrap the tax code: “The IRS and the tax code is the most manipulative corrupt system for controlling people’s lives. And you saw that with the way the IRS went after mom and pop Tea Partyers on 501 status. What if we treated everybody just like everybody else? [Of] the barriers to entry, if you want to succeed, the primary one is the tax code…we are crushing opportunity by punishing success.
- Put patients in charge: “What government has done over the last 50 plus years [is] always put a middle man between you and your health care decisions. Sometimes it’s the government, sometimes it’s your employer or an insurance company run by a guy that you never get to meet. What if we let patients choose, when that they controlled the money and were able to save for their own health care needs when you are young and healthy, you save. When you are older and have the need, you spend. This is how the market works. This is how we put bread on the shelves in grocery stores.”
- End insider bailouts: “There’s so much collusion between fat cat CEOs, say the guy from General Electric [Jeff Immelt], and they don’t compete in the a marketplace anymore. It’s become a lucrative business to go to Washington and buy the committee chairman instead. It is not just the banking system. It’s more and more what we do instead of competing in the marketplace. If we don’t call out the bad actors in corporate America first, Barack Obama can create that caricature, showing that business is evil, that entrepreneurship is evil. It’s not. It’s the cronyism, the power between Washington and some of these CEOs that’s really corrupting the political process…Think about how much money is in Washington…It’s like crack for failing entrepreneurs. You can’t make it in a marketplace, get in your G5 and go to Washington.“
- Let parents decide: “This is a fundamental debate we are having over Common Core and education. The more and more we spend, the more top-down we define what education should look like, the less our kids get out of the process. And it’s hurting kids…”
- Avoid entangling alliances: “Libertarians are skeptical about nation-building, we’re skeptical that we can solve civil wars that have existed for centuries in places like Syria, and I’m sort of a George Washington guy on this. He wasn’t an isolationist. He was practical. He said we can’t afford to be everything to everybody. If we could, maybe we shouldn’t. But part of this is finances…I think we free up liberty, not just here, but in Europe. A lot of that [the Russian] conflict is about oil, and the power that Putin has comes from the fact that he’s drilling and we’re not. I wonder why we unilaterally disarm ourselves; all of these satellite countries are completely dependent on Putin to light — heat their homes. That’s crazy.
As Glenn noted, the above only reflects one chapter of Kibbe’s book. In sum, the book will help readers explain libertarian philosophy in an intelligible way, and allow liberty-lovers to become “community organizers” themselves. Beck stated:
“There’s a ton in this book, and it will help you…explain it [libertarianism] to your friend…After reading the book, you will be able to explain it and you will be the defender of your own principles.”