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

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In this essential manifesto of the new libertarian movement, New York Times bestselling author and president of FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe makes a stand for individual liberty and shows us what we must do to preserve our freedom.

Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff is a rational yet passionate argument that defends the principles upon which America was founded—princip
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by William Morrow (first published October 29th 2013)
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Jun 06, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
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
Tony Beard
Dec 06, 2014 Tony Beard rated it liked it
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
Don Incognito
May 05, 2015 Don Incognito rated it it was ok
This was the most disappointing book I've read this year.

It's not that I disagree with any of what it has to say; it's that what I read, I already knew 99 percent of. As a libertarian primer, its material is too obvious to be very interesting to someone has read political nonfiction for years. Such a reader can scan the entire book and say "duh" or "captain obvious."

But if it's a packaging of libertarianism that hopes to appeal to the curious and perhaps to disaffected former Obama-supporting mo
Jun 21, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it
Over the weekend I read Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff, which proved entertaining if disappointing. It is less a fulsome introduction to the nonaggression principle and classical liberalism, and more a kick in the teeth of a corrupt and ineffective bureaucracy. It was written in 2013, with the campaign promises of 2012 already unfulfilled and stale; the author anticipated another round of calming lies in 2016 and wanted to wake readers up to the possibility of a third option. He ch ...more
Carol Apple
Apr 27, 2015 Carol Apple rated it it was amazing
I admit I chose this book mostly because I liked the title – at least the “Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff” part. I do not feel quite as warm and fuzzy about the sub-title: A Libertarian Manifesto. I just don’t love the word “manifesto.” It seems vaguely threatening and yet pretentious, maybe because I associate it with the rants of crazy fanatics. But a manifesto is simply a clear statement of purpose and intent and my unreasonable distaste for the word did not in the least interfe ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Erik rated it really liked it
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.
May 22, 2014 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-st, non-fiction

"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
Vincent Ferrari
Jun 27, 2016 Vincent Ferrari rated it really liked it
If you had to give someone who had never heard of libertarianism a book to 'get them started' this would be a good one and while I consider myself more involved in the philosophy and ideology of the movement, it was still an interesting read and I now have some good ammunition to share with new people who are new to the ideals of liberty.

A simple concept, illustrated well. Don't hurt people, and don't take their stuff.

Libertarian or not, it's a good lesson we can all use.
Craig Anderson
Sep 18, 2014 Craig Anderson rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 05, 2014 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy, economics
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
Jul 16, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
May 04, 2014 Richard Ward rated it really liked it
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
Jared Miller
Jul 26, 2016 Jared Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great introduction to the libertarian way of thinking. However, it really is an introduction for those who might be new to libertarianism or those who simply want to learn more about it. If you already know quite a bit about libertarian philosophy, then this book will simply be a review for you.

So many people have, and continue to be, disenfranchised by the politics in Americs today. In this book, Matt Kibbe looks at the situation that the USA is in today, examines the causes of
Jul 04, 2014 Hobart rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
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)
Mar 03, 2015 Jane added it
It's my basic philosophy, and like the author, I found out about Ayn Rand from Rush. I didn't read that carefully after the first few chapters.
Nov 12, 2015 Ietrio rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
A cheap populist discourse:

Young people can’t find jobs, and can’t afford to pay off their student loans. Parents are having an increasingly hard time providing for their families.

from an unschooled philosopher:

I am not a moral philosopher and I don’t particularly aspire to be one. That said, I have stayed at more than one Holiday Inn Express. That makes me at least smart enough to know what I don’t know.

Ending up with a lie. This is not a manifesto. This is a loose text vaguely shaped around a
Jun 04, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it
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
May 29, 2014 Patrick Shrier rated it liked it
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 liked it
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
Oct 05, 2014 Dru Pagliassotti rated it did not like it
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
Shelves: i-quit
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!
Aug 23, 2014 Shane rated it liked it
Shelves: economic-liberty
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
Michael Tarpinian
Jan 17, 2016 Michael Tarpinian rated it really liked it
Nice to read a libertarian book that is not a social libertarian or libertine book. This one stuck more on the economic or more accurately political libertarian ideas. This is something that I can agree with. Perhaps not 100% but pretty closely.

I didn't know that Rush was a band focused on libertarian ideals. While I always liked their sound, now I will have to pay attention to their lyrics and liner notes.
Daniyal Chowdhury
Feb 08, 2015 Daniyal Chowdhury rated it it was ok
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!
Joe N.
Jun 24, 2016 Joe N. rated it it was amazing
Although this book seems to be more focused toward millennials it can and will be a beneficial read for anyone who is interested in Liberty. His thoughts and views are conveyed quite nicely and are interwoven with some personal experiences as well. Definitely one of the better manifestos I have read.
Jan 15, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
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
Jose Guzman
Dec 03, 2015 Jose Guzman rated it it was ok
Nothing special.

Other libertarian books are timeless, this one focus way too much on the here and now in the United States, particularly regarding Obamacare, that the book won’t be relevant 5 years from now.

Too bad. Nevertheless, it has some valuable quotes and ideas, plus a good reference book to other more significant writers.
Jul 09, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it
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
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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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“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?” 2 likes
“Like Ronald Reagan in 1976, today we may have to beat the Republicans before we can beat the Democrats.” 1 likes
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