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

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  534 ratings  ·  73 reviews
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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May 05, 2014 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
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: economics, philosophy
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
Nov 24, 2014 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
Jun 20, 2016 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 21, 2015 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
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, nook-st

"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
Jan 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a book I found while browsing, and the cover caught my eye and my interest. Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff sounds great. I even read the introduction, and was caught up in what Kibbe describes as the rules of liberty: (1) don't hurt people, (2) don't take their stuff, (3) take responsibility, (4) work for it, (5) mind your own business, and (6) fight the power. I agree with all of these rules but not, I found upon reading the book, in the way the author means these rules.

Don Incognito
May 05, 2015 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
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
Super disappointing. I was expecting a well-researched exploration of libertarian political philosophy and policy implications; I got a 260-page self-serving opinion piece. I found the book to be superficial, cliche-ridden, and shockingly unsubstantiated. Matt Kibbe makes countless objective claims without providing supporting evidence. He also randomly weaves in and out of autobiography, e.g. Chapter 2 is his first-person account of purchasing a Rush album. This stylistic inconsistency was anno ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was easy to read and understand for any beginner wanting to learn about the government they're under. Even if you don't like politics this book makes a lot of good points that make sense to anyone that values freedom.
Jun 11, 2014 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.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book started off on a very promising note. The author gave some background on how he came to libertarian thought and it was somewhat similar to mine. He was influenced by the band Rush and the writing of Ayn Rand. For me it was Robert Heinlein's works, most especially _The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress_.

Although I have read Rand and one of my college professors, Mimi Gladstein, is a recognized expert, I was never captivated by what she wrote, owing more to Rand's style than anything else, althou
Nov 12, 2015 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
Dru Pagliassotti
Oct 05, 2014 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
Apr 03, 2014 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.
Emily Bragg
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 27, 2015 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.
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Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Literally not writing a review about this repugnant waste of time. Just going to copy and paste all of my blow-by-blow updates while reading this hot basura.

20% - I overlooked the first one, but I'm afraid I can't overlook the second grave error the author has made. The first error the author has made in what is essentially a book to pitch Libertarianism to anyone unfamiliar with it as a political stance is to assume that the solution of one problem (hypocritical means justifying the ends tacti
Jun 19, 2014 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 administration
Jul 13, 2014 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
Craig Anderson
Sep 18, 2014 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
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
As is the trend among Millennials, I tend to subscribe to the philosophy that people should be allowed unlimited social freedom so long as they don't interfere with the lives of others. I also believe in economic efficiency and limited government and voted for Gary Johnson in 2012. I don't fancy myself a true Libertarian mainly because I don't believe in political parties at all, but it's the closest ideology to what I believe as an individual and I've recently decided to become more informed on ...more
Jared Miller
Jul 15, 2016 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
May 21, 2014 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
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
Evan McB
Dec 20, 2014 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
Patrick Shrier
May 25, 2014 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
Dec 19, 2014 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
Jun 10, 2014 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
Feb 02, 2015 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!
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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
“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?” 3 likes
“Do you believe in the freedom of individuals to determine their own futures and solve problems cooperatively working together, or do you believe that a powerful but benevolent government can and should rearrange outcomes and make things better?” 1 likes
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