The Story of Us - Summary

Summary

The beauty of our story is the simplicity: it only needs two parts to outline it! I think most of us can claim that we just want to be left alone to do our thing, period. The challenge we face is the proportionally small group of other humans among us who have a compulsion to command and control despite having no legitimate claim to do so. It is this group that we must be on guard against, liberty is not a spectator sport.

Let's review what we've got:
  1. humans are individual unique entities
  2. there is no evidence to conclude that any individual or group of individuals has a right of authority over any other individual or group
  3. each individual is the sole owner of their person and their just property
  4. each individual has the right to be free from aggression by any other or group
  5. humans act purposefully to obtain ends that trade their current situation for one that is considered better by the actor
  6. co-operation among humans is a far more productive approach than conflict
As simple as our story is, it does warrant deeper exploration in order to fully understand the pathway required to go forward. The three components I mentioned on the front page, Austrian economic thinking, Libertarian ideological living and a radical change of the monetary system are the collective pathway as I see things.

Having said that however, in terms of rank importance, no matter what is/are chosen as pathways forward, without the radical change of the current monetary system, there is no point in adopting anything else in the hope of positive change, it will fail.

It's time now for revolution, but fear not, no need to run to the ramparts just yet! The revolution I'm referring to is one of perception, of understanding, a revolution in how interact with each other and the planet we live on, a revolution in our institutions and systems.

It seems like an insurmountable task but please consider this:



"Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? I don’t know. Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage." — Gandalf, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Movie)

So, how then do we put our story into everyday action? The next logical step in our quest for positive change is to move on to the principles of Austrian Economics which provide a foundation where unhampered free markets abound while remaining solidly rooted in liberty.