February Nashville Events!

What an exciting month we have going on.

Monday the 13th Radley Balko is speaking at a Vanderbilt YAL meeting on The Militarization of Main Street which is open to the public.

Of course our regular meeting is on Thursday the 16th and it will be great:
Come meet Shayne Edwards the director of An Inconsistent Truth which has been hammering the box office during it’s preview release. Mr. Edwards will share with us some insight on the topic of Global Warming.

Movie trailer:

As usual there is a 2 for 1 special on for our group.

And coming up are some great book studies with our member Gene Wisdom, one I’m keen on is The Law by Frederic Bastiat but first in order are The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 (by George H. Nash) and Ideas Have Consequences (by Richard M. Weaver)

Audio Book

We hope to see you next Thursday but also run into you at the other events

LOTR Fundraiser to Support Free Market Education

As a nationwide social networking organization, Liberty on the Rocks is in the unique position of having access to a growing number of individuals throughout the country.  Attendants include Republicans, Libertarians, Objectivists, moderates, independents and some Democrats, who each share the goal of promoting limited government, free markets and individual rights. However, many are still in need of educational resources and outlets to successfully promote the free market message, and Liberty on the Rocks aims to help in that regard.

The Free Market Education Project aims to raise $2,500.00 by the end of the year, to distribute 750 educational materials to activists and enthusiasts across the country. Through local Liberty on the Rocks networks, chapter organizers will distribute copies of The Great Myths of the Great Depression by Lawrence Reed; The Rise of Government and Decline of Morality by James Dorn; Ayn Rand samplers; copies of The Law by Frederic Bastiat; and brochures and fliers from think tanks and organizations throughout the nation.

Anyone can donate by purchasing a ticket to attend our 2011 Christmas Party at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association in Denver, or by simply clicking on the “Donate” button at the top of our website.

With an upcoming political year ahead of us it is vital for defenders of freedom to maintain a basic understanding of why and how a free economy works. Materials and resources distributed through local Liberty on the Rocks networks will help in this endeavor by offering educational outlets and accessible information regarding free market economics.

Liberty on the Rocks is a 501(c)(3) social networking organization, whose mission is to unite, activate and educate liberty-minded individuals throughout the country through local social networks. Acting as a catalyst, or pipeline, LOTR networks help to generate an increased awareness of local and national free market think tanks, organizations, research and opportunities. Through lively social environments, liberty enthusiasts and activists are acquainted with representatives and leaders of public policy organizations, grassroots groups, opinion makers and opportunities to become active in the political process. These connections lead to increased involvement in the liberty movement and help create an engaged base of concerned and informed citizens ready to promote free market ideas.


Frederic Bastiat, Happy Birthday

Today marks the birth of Frederic Bastiat in 1801.

He is well known for writing ‘The Law‘  in 1850 which gives his view on the legitimate purpose of government.  One point being that when government does not protect liberty and property it is contrary to the legitimate function of government.  Part of his influence in writing The Law was from Locke and in turn Bastiat influenced Hazlitt’s ‘Economics in one Lesson‘.  Bastiat’s study in Opportunity Cost in the Fallacy of the Broken Window is another popular work from Bastiat’s short time as an economist/author.

One of my personal favorites is a short satire on protectionism.  Give it a listen:
or if you prefer it in print.

Hoist your beverage of choice today in honor of Frederic Bastiat!  He would be 210 years old today and surely the free world was shorted by his death at only 49.