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Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto

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Do you believe in the freedom of individuals to determine their own future and solve problems cooperatively?

Don't hurt people, and don't take their stuff. Simple and straightforward, that's liberty in a nutshell—no assembly required.

And yet it seems like, more and more, the decisions Washington makes about what to do for us, or to us, or even against us, are having an incr
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by William Morrow (first published October 29th 2013)
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Even though I don’t generally consider myself a libertarian, the author makes some excellent arguments. I was surprised to learn just how much presidents of both political parties have abused their power. From JFK (who with Attorney General RFK authorized the wiretap of Martin Luther King to get dirt on him because he was considered "the most dangerous Negro in America") to Nixon (who used the FBI and IRS to go after his enemies) to Clinton, Bush and of course Obama, it's obvious that the power ...more
Denis Vukosav
‘Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff’ written by Matt Kibbe and as called by the author himself, may be considered as a Libertarian Manifesto.

The author at the very beginning inserted a nice quote from Friedrich Hayek that speaks about libertarian term which is increasingly used in US these days - “…in the United States, where it has become almost impossible to use “liberal” in the sense in which I have used it, the term “libertarian” has been used instead. It may be the answer; but fo
Like most political manifestos, there will be people who identify and agree, and those who scoff and disagree. Count me amongst the former. I really enjoyed this one. The title of Kibbe's book refers to the first two of his six "rules for liberty." This just seems like straightforward common sense.
Tony Beard
It's difficult to rate this book. To be sure, I think very highly of Matt Kibbe and this book wasn't all that bad. He told good stories, made goods points, and highlighted a number of problems with government run amok. He also included a number of quotes from those like Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ted Cruz, and others. I can't really say there was anything in this book I disagreed with, or felt was a poorly made argument.

I think the problem for me is the title. I had assumed that something called

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."—George Washington —page 44

The title of Matt Kibbe's book, DON'T HURT PEOPLE AND DON'T TAKE THEIR STUFF, is an insanely great idea. It is also a reworking (a dumbing down?) of Murray Rothbard's core axiom of libertarianism, the non-aggression principle: "that no man or group of men may aggress against the person
Craig Anderson
I thoroughly enjoyed Kibbe's latest book - "Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff" in which he outlines his political philosophy and solutions for fixing many of the problems that America faces today. As the title suggests, he evaluates his stance based off of whether or not the policy proposed will hurt people or take their stuff (eg: money, rights, etc.) Most of Kibbe's proposed solutions I agreed with, such as stopping spending money we don't have, cutting taxes and greatly simplifying ...more
I imagine (and hope!)I have a different idea of libertarianism than Mr. Kibbe does, even if he WAS once fellow Dead Head. For one thing, Ayn Rand makes me gag. Her pronouncements on Native Americans are as asinine as, alike, and akin to Adolf Hitler's. (Now, how's THAT for hurting people and taking their stuff!) She's not an American writer, she's a transplanted Russian, so I tend to view all her judgments about what makes a "great American" with a big shaker of table salt. And people who gush o ...more
I wasn't sure if I'd like this little book quite as much as The Independents. But I was very pleasantly surprised. Kibbe, of FreedomWorks, has put together a little book with a lot of libertarian punch. Short, to the point, clear and full of personal experiences, logically organized, this would be a perfect "first book" to introduce what libertarians REALLY believe to all our statist friends. :-) He gets a little starry-eyed in the final chapters (his simple points to fix everything----and why h ...more
Richard Ward
Pretty good introduction to contemporary American libertarianism. I'm a libertarian myself, so with me he was mostly preaching to the choir. He says almost nothing in the book that I haven't heard before from other libertarians, or even said myself. He summarizes our philosophy just like I or any libertarian would, with the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP), as the title says: Don't hurt others, don't take their stuff, and don't (for crying out loud!) get the government to do your dirty work for yo ...more
While author Matt Kibbe does make some valid points in his book "Don't Hurt People" he mainly relies on conjecture without any true backing with facts. An attempt to co-opt Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's fight for racial equality and use it for his own Libertarian agenda is downright factually incorrect to a staggering degree (aside from the fact that MLK was targeted by the IRS and other "Alphabet" agencies) at best. A reliance on phrases like "gray-suited Soviets" and other tired vocabulary muddl ...more
FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe has produced a very accessible, very readable libertarian manifesto. A rallying cry for a grassroots movement of concerned citizens. He focuses on 6 Rules for Liberty, emphasizing 1 & 2:
Rules for Liberty:
1. Don't hurt people.
2. Don't take people's stuff.
3. Take Responsibility.
4. Work for it.
5. Mind your own business.
6. Fight the power.
With these as a starting point, he critiques many aspects of the U. S. Government (current and recent administrations of both parties)
Very good introduction to the dangers of government, and the joys of liberty. Quick and easy to read. I wish every High School Junior would read it. Give this to your kids, so they don't grow up as needy, entitled statists.
Dec 19, 2014 Jenny added it
Well. Not at all what I was expecting, I super skimmed it after reading the beginning. Aimed only at Americans, it is a scattered rant. Kind of interesting to get a sense of this current political movement from an insider's perspective. I wanted to know more about libertarians and was surprised by such poor writing. Some of the ideas are certainly worth exploring, but he devolves into confusing nonsense and loses me. The bulk of his vitriol is for Obama, but the Republicans don't fair well eithe ...more
Patrick Shrier
I guess I am not a pure enough libertarian because I don't think we should do away with government, I just think we should drastically shrink it and take away much of its power. That is essentially the point made in this book with an extra dose of traditional libertarian isolationism and veiled "sovereign citizen talk." I don't think this is a bad book and it is well written, I just don't agree with it 100%, more like 50%.

I am wholeheartedly behind the two points that make up the title. If more
Evan McB
Jan 15, 2015 Evan McB rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who have read at least three other better books about libertarian thought
This is a competent primer for the philosophical tenents of libertarian thought (those being the title plus "don't break your promises"). However, the author sometimes fails in applying those theoretical ideals to actual policy, as when he suggests the answer to the problem of excessive surveillance by the NSA and other government agencies is to make those actions of surveillance illegal with new regulations and statutes that would further restrict individual action and complicate bureaucracy. I ...more
Dru Pagliassotti
I picked this up because a friend keeps telling me I'm libertarian, but I have to confess that I didn't finish it. It contained as many intelligence-insulting, oversimplified arguments and cheap vilification as any other extremist political party's diatribe. I wasn't necessarily opposed to the "rules" the author set forth as guidelines for libertarians, but I didn't find the book compelling as a whole; I gave it up around the tenth reference to "gray-suited Soviets." Name-calling isn't the way t ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Kristy added it
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Good grief, get to the point already! I didn't know this was going to be a long, drawn-out personal history of how this guy came to his libertarian views. But after 100 pages of him talking about how cool he was for listening to Rush (the band, not Limbaugh) and for reading "The Fountainhead," I gave up on ever learning more about libertarianism. Too bad, since I identify more as a libertarian these days and was interested in reading more philosophy than some guy tell his boring stories. Boo!
More like Two and a Half stars. The first chapter of this book starts off great! It breaks down modern Libertarianism into a couple simple ideas; Don't hurt People, Don't take their stuff, Mind your own business, and probably the hardest sell Be responsible. WOW! what a brilliantly simple way to convey a complex political ideology. Then it all goes down-hill.

The next four chapters wallow through a litany of what is wrong. "Come witness the violence inherit in the system..." is my quote from Mont
Daniyal Chowdhury
The book takes a very colloquial tone right from the beginning and I love that Kibbe explains Libertarianism very well. But could you take ANY LONGER to get to your point? And could you not use this as a plug-in for your foundation? And could you stop fluffing the arguments made about citizens' liberties with personal anecdotes and cheesy references?

This book was 135 pages too long. But the points made were good!
I really enjoyed the book, it opened my eyes to Ayn Rand and I agreed with a lot of his material. I knock off one star because I did some research on him. His personality is not all that great and I wonder if his head is really in with what he says. The other star was for the ridiculous interviews.
This author is way more optimistic about the future of America than I am. Also this book is very timely and will probably be outdated pretty quickly.

Book points out a lot of ways/reasons that a strong government is bad: Gov is made of people who are evil and flawed and have vendettas and can't resist temptations. Big gov is incompetent and can't handle half of the tasks it is assigned already. There are so many laws that everyone breaks many of them every day so everyone is guilty all the time a
As a British man living in America, I thought I had better take notice as to the political parties and labels people have. There seem to be so many and they all sound the same. As South Park aptly put it in 2008 you're either voting for a douche or a turd sandwich. It turns out I am somewhat of a Libertarian without knowing it, whether I am right or left I don't know. This book reaffirms that fact. It was an interesting little read that took a matter of days, I sensed the author used the book fo ...more
Emily Bragg
A handful of good points hidden behind tedious and unnecessary rhetoric that would be more suited for political talk radio. People who strongly agree will nod along, and people who disagree will feel more right in their convictions after reading this.
Jr Haseloff
I was expecting a little bit more "manifesto". Instead it focused on the libertarian stance against most of the common issues of today. With that said, the book is awesome and everybody should read it. It probably won't be relevant in five or 10 years though so manifesto is a little misleading.
Brian Gansereit
A great primer for libertarian thought. Well written and easy to read. Some interesting ideas which might motivate change in our nation if anyone has the courage and determination to implement them.
Bob Olsen
Good basic introduction/overview of libertarian philosophy with a few interesting interviews with current libertarian-leaning politicians. Not terribly in-depth, but the author does point the reader towards more serious sources.
There's nothing *new* in this book, but there is a basic explanation of a liberty-based political philosophy and what it means in the current political climate. I would love for all of my friends who are committed Democrats or Republicans to read this book and at least engage what it has to say.
Good book outlying ideas and beginning of FreedomWorks and Matt Kibbe's introduction to Hayek and Libertarianism.
Interesting take of Libertarian philosophies and how they fit into today’s world and the current take from a Libertarian view on today’s politicians and politics.
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Matthew B. "Matt" Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks, a position he has held since 2004. He originally joined the organization (previously known as Citizens for a Sound Economy) as a policy analyst in 1986. He previously worked as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Dan Miller (R-FL), Senior Economist at the Republican National Committee (where he resigned in protest when George H. W ...more
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“Like Ronald Reagan in 1976, today we may have to beat the Republicans before we can beat the Democrats.” 1 likes
“What if the new political spectrum has on one side those people who want to be left alone, those who want to be free, those who don't hurt people or take their stuff, and on the other extreme of this new scale stands anyone who wants to use government power to tell you how to live your life?” 1 likes
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