Harry Browne: Finding Freedom In an Unfree World [ Videos Etc.]

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November 6th, 2017, 1:17 pm #1

I knew/met/ corresponded with Harry, and his wife Pamela. He's greatly missed. The Libertarian Party has greatly deteriorated since his two presidential runs, when he ran, [covertly], as an anarchist. By way of comparison, for myself , Ron Paul has always seemed a "watered down", version of Harry Browne. ]

Harry Browne - Maximizing Personal Freedom: Harry Browne lectures from his masterpiece book, "How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World."



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Harry Browne lectures from his masterpiece book, "How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World."



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November 8th, 2017, 11:56 am #3

"Harry Browne - Defining Morality "

When I first read Browne's "How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World" over 20 years ago, I was what I considered to be a "hardcore objectivist" trying my best to live up to the moral ideals of Ayn Rand, and becoming more and more unhappy as a result.

Harry's book is what "cured" me of objectivism , chiefly via his pointing out that the individual cannot live according to someone else's values for anything_, including morality, and that the individual who wants to be free must develop their own morality, one that conforms to their own values, works for them, and naturally enhances their own life and their own freedom.

Later on I found out that Harry had specifically written the "Morality Trap" chapter of the book with objectivism [as well as christianity and other formal religions] in mind.

These days it would also include what Stefan Molyneux has called"universally preferable behaviour [UPB]"[ which appears to have been derived from Rand's objectivism].

For my 2 cents, Mr Molyneux's UPB is just another facet of the "morality trap", to use Harry's words, and dooms persons who try to stick to it [UPB] , to a life of severe unhappiness, simply because that person is attempting to live their life according to someone else's claimed moral values/preferences, [ and even worse, expects/hopes most of the rest of the world will adopt the exact same values.]

Consequently, many persons within the "libertarian"/anarcho/ voluntaryist camp appear to be "suffering" inside their own, self constructed [and self-limiting] "morality trap", whether they be objectivists, christians, or whatever.

The "morality trap" is basically a refusal to recognize the uniqueness of _all_ individuals and their values/preferences, including in the area of personal morality.

Interestingly, many "Austrian economics" types, while able to consistently apply the principle of the uniqueness of the individual proposition to pure economic theory [via "methodological individualism"] , deny the application of the exact same concept to their own, and others, morality [and therefor subject themselves a lot of needless anguish and frustration].



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