Learning about Freedom

Posted: July 4, 2012 in Economics, Freedom, Leadership
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Leadership And Liberty

It’s important to learn as much as we can on the concepts of freedom, because if we don’t understand what it is and where it came from, we might as well say goodbye; we won’t see it being taken away a little piece at a time.

One of my biggest passions over the past two years has been the concept of freedom. I have always believed that people should be free to do as they wish as long as they aren’t hurting others, but have learned so much about the concepts of freedom that although my core values remain the same, many of my views have changed.

There are two sources of information that I have found to really help me understand what it means to be free, and that shows us how we can impart this information to others; helping to promote a free and prosperous society.

At the end of this post your going to Think I’m advertising a product and a website to you. I’ll set you straight right now. YES! That is exactly what I’m trying to do! I am so fired up about freedom that I want to give you the best tools available to promote these ideas in a way that people will want to listen; and that is through the principles of leadership. As Dale Carnegie says in ‘How to win friends and influence people’: “a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

LIFE

The first source is LIFE. LIFE is an amazing educational system that teaches you about life and leadership. It teaches how to improve yourself in all areas that may be of importance – Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friends, and Fun.

But what might be the most important part of LIFE to those wanting to spread the principles of freedom is it’s leadership training. If leadership is influence, and the goal is to influence others into improving

society by spreading the idea freedom, does it not make sense to improve our leadership ability? The LLR (Launching a Leadership Revolution) suite of materials in the LIFE program teaches the leadership principles required in both our everyday lives and in running our own business. It is also sprinkled with the economic and freedom principles I will discuss below. It not only teaches us about them, but really shows us what we can do about it, and how to help others understand the concepts.

LIFE is put together by top leadership gurus such as Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, the #6 and #11 leadership gurus in the world, who are also best selling authors.

I’ll break up this source in two – freedom itself, and economics.

Freedom

What I have learned from the most is the freedom pack from the LIFE system. For a long time I’ve always wanted to help others (and so for a long time I believed in socialism;  with its intent on helping those in need and making things fair for everyone). The first thing that hit me from this pack was the book: Leadership and Liberty by Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady. This book covers so many areas from Austrian Economics to Libertarian principles explaining the problems of big government, and why socialism hurts those in need more than it helps.

Take a look at some of the chapter headings for a good example:Freedom

  • Foundations of Freedom
  • Symbols of the Oppression of Liberty
  • Freedom Under Fire – From Republic to Empire to ?
  • Booms, Bust and Balderdash – Inflationary Business Cycles
  • The Curse of Wealth Unearned
  • Government Spending
  • Keynesian Economics and Political Responsibility
  • Confiscation or Incentive
  • Big Government Goose Killer
  • More Government = Wrong Answer

Having read this while still being more or less a socialist, I have to admit I did not agree with, or even understand, some of those chapters in the beginning. One chapter started to alter my perception however. It was a joke, but with some truth to it that got me thinking. It was a farce about democracy in the NBA, allowing those without talent being allowed to compete in the name of fairness – Read it here on Orrin’s site. Having believed in democracy 100% at the time and that there could be absolutely no fault in it, this chapter made me start to realize there was more to this than what I knew, and it drove me to want to learn more.

Chris Brady states the situation well when he explains that ‘We don’t know what we don’t know, we often forget what we do know, and much of what we do know is just not so!’

The great thing about this book is how it not only teaches about freedom, but also about leadership. Without the leadership skills to go with this information, it will be very hard to get others to follow you into truth. It is through the great leadership abilities of both Orrin and Chris that I was willing to hear (and read) what they had to say. When you come across someone who has the desire to help, and then credibility through the amount of learning they have done themselves, it’s hard not to hear and trust what they have to say. It also helps that freedom just makes sense.

This pack also contains 4 audio CDs that teach you core freedom principles. They are:

  • Freedom Isn’t Free by Bob McEwen
  • The History of Freedom by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward
  • The Four Lost American Ideals by Oliver DeMille
  • Historical Outcomes Always Change When Leaders Do by George Guzzardo

One of the greatest lessons I got from this pack was on ‘Freedom isn’t Free’ and it was learning about the different ways money is spent; I summarize it here. Bob McEwen was a republican politician, and so he has some bias in what he says, but for the most part it is well said, and very true.

The other great lesson I got from this pack was on the principles of what it means to be free. This is explained so well on the CD ‘The History of Freedom’ which I also summarize here. Going through the history, I learned how Freedom isn’t just something you have politically, but also financially. I learned that the more power government has, the less freedom individuals have.

Economics

The other great source that taught me about freedom from the LIFE suite of materials was the Economics pack. This one does not contain a book, but 4 very impactful audio CDs which include the following titles:

  • Introduction to Economics by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward
  • Camel in the Tent by Chris Brady
  • Economics 101 by Larry VanBuskirk
  • Good as Gold by Chris Brady

The introduction to Economics CD goes into more detail about the economic aspects mentioned on ‘The History of Freedom’ CD from the Freedom pack. It gives a fairly basic introduction to economics that anyone can understand and follow. I give my own, more in depth introduction, here. It uses much of the material found on this CD.

The Camel in the Tent CD might as well be called ‘Economic History and Why it Matters’ as that is what the CD is all about. I mentioned before how an article in the Leadership and Liberty book opened my eyes a little… well this CD pulled them wide open and put some toothpicks in them to keep from ever closing again!

This CD goes through how money first started, what was then done in 1913 to mold the economy we have today, and then goes through the business cycles and economics bubbles. As Chris Brady says on the CD ‘You’ve been conned!’ It focuses a lot on inflation over the years, and how much of our money has been devalued by the duplicity of the government printing press called the Federal Reserve (even though it is not federal and there probably isn’t much in the way of reserves).

In Economics 101, Larry VanBuskirk talks about where we are, where we are going, and what we can do about the economy. He talks more about how we are being misinformed about the state of the economy, quoting experts such as Peter Shiff, Tom Woods and even Paul Krugman. If you know anything about the differences between the first two names and Paul Krugman, you know there must be something right when they agree on something! and what they agree on is that the economy is in bad shape. He covers topics concerning the national debt, inflation, and the economic ages; from agrarian age to the industrial age and all the way up to the information age. He goes into great detail talking about the 7 economic bubbles we are currently facing, and how we can shield ourselves from it.

Mises Institute

The second main source of my freedom education is the Ludwig von Mises Institute. Both the main mises.org and it’s Canadian counterpart mises.ca.

This institution has everything you need to know about the subject of economics, in the books it distributes and the articles is publishes on a daily basis. It may not be as exciting as the information from the LIFE materials, but it goes into great details and really completes your understanding on everything from personal liberty to economic liberty.

This is where I really learned why taxes hurt society instead of helping it. This is where I learned that you have to think carefully about any economic policy, and how it affects everyone and not just one group. This is where I learned why government stimulus doesn’t help anyone. This is where I learned how rules and regulation often protect special interest groups and hurt the individuals it is supposed to protect. This is where I developed a more  complete understanding of the subject which has allowed me to discuss economic issues with others. This where I developed enough of an understanding that I have gained enough credibility to impart the message of freedom to those that are open to it.

I encourage you all to keep on learning.

You don’t know what you don’t know. Additionally, what we do know we gradually forget. So if we don’t know what we don’t know and we’re forgetting what we do know, it would probably be a good thing to continue learning. That way we would at least know something!” – Chris Brady, Launching a Leadership Revolution

You can find all of the products discussed here through this link. Have you already gone through any of the materials I mentioned? Let me know what you think!

Comments
  1. Wow Lee! Great article!
    Although i have not spent as much time studying the topic of freedom, i definitely know that we are at a risk of losing it currently. What we do, with LIFE will definitely help shift the tide.
    I appreciate that i have a best buddy that understands all this as well as you do and i appreciate you breaking it down for those of us that can’t seem to read a book every two days :p

  2. John says:

    Thanks for visiting!

  3. Jim Magruder says:

    Nice blog. May we never take our freedom for granted. I also appreciate you stopping by my blog, The Writer’s Refuge. Keep writing.

  4. Rachel says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 Interesting posts – I believe there is no such thing as true freedom. It is something we work towards, with no hope of gaining. Sure you might attain financial freedom, achieve your ambitions in life…. but never the freedom that we like to believe in.

    • Lee Weishar says:

      I’ll admit it’s an uphill battle, and we may never achieve ‘true’ freedom, but I still think it’s worth fighting for. one of the main reasons why we lose freedoms is because people are not educated on the matter, and it’s hard to fight to keep something if you don’t know your losing it.

      With enough people being educated on the truths of human action, we can steer society in the right direction. at least we can improve things even if we can’t make them perfect. I’ll constantly be working towards it, for myself and society as a whole even if everyone else has lost hope 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

      • Rachel says:

        The world needs more people like you! I keep on working towards it too, even if I do doubt I can every now and then 🙂

      • Vali says:

        So many people want a quick fix solution. However, most people are also learning that quick fix solutions also mean come back soon problems. One of the reasons why is that the quick fix doesn’t change anything, merely delays the inevitable. However, with an ongoing education, such as the LIFE subscription, a true long-lasting solution can be learned and implemented. Instead of a quick fix , this is a permanent fix!

  5. Lee, Thanks for stopping by and taking an interest. You got my message loud and clear. My post was my shortest one and also the one that means the most to me.

  6. chantalschutz says:

    Have you read any literature by Ayn Rand? You may like what her philosophy has to say

    • Lee Weishar says:

      I have the book Atlas Shrugged, and loved the movie that was made of it (for the principles anyway.. can’t say that it was well made though :))

      • Aloisa says:

        I listened to the first LIFE CD pack today at work. It was awesome!It is a real boost to my day to be able to listen to material like that from you, Orrin and Tim, and to read Orrin’s new RESOLVED 13 Resolutions for LIFE over my lunch and breaks. It helps my day speed along, and I feel good knowing I am pouring good stuff into me, instead of listening to the negative (and occasionally profane) chatter of my coworkers.

    • Qamar says:

      There are so many broken relationships, and broken finances all around us. Really broken people. But yet, we pray that God will use us and use the LIFE system of thinking to help that healing that needs to take place. Every person we meet has a story most don’t stop and listen long enough to notice. Thanks for taking the heat for so long and now turnin’ up the heat on helping people, one person at a time! Even my 6 year old wants to choose which leadership cd to put in the player.Thanks again, to you & Terri and the Woodwards for your unending courage and dedication to having a life of significance and of serving the Lord Jesus.Holly Schmitz Team VIP

  7. New John says:

    Reblogged this on Freedom at 5 AM and commented:
    A great post from Lee Weishar which includes lots of links to liberty-friendly and Austrian-informative resources. Check it out.

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