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by Neville Kennard, veteran preaching and practising capitalist

In 1970 Morris and Linda Tannehill wrote a beautiful little book entitled The Market for Freedom (available in free PDF here).  Karl Hess, wrote the Forward and in the edition I have Doug Casey wrote the Introduction. It is a little classic, just 169 pages of clear explanation of how everything we think government must or should do can be done without government.

Linda and Morris Tannehill are unknown outside of this under-appreciated classic, now in its third printing. Without once using the dreaded “A” word, the Tannehills look at all the usual questions about how individuals and a society can operate without an over-arching authority which has final say — without, in other words The State.

Police, courts, roads, national defence, crime and punishment, money-issue, diplomatic relations, and many more issues and questions are handled calmly and logically.

An interesting thing I continue to learn in reading and listening about The State not doing things, is that at some time in history The State did not do such things. Traders, cities, communities, countries, empires even, have had their own institutions and accepted practices that did not involve The State as the supreme ruler. Restitution has been accepted practice, private roads have always existed, private security, competing legal systems and courts, insurance for most all things, private philanthropy and charity, education as a Non-State function, for-profit libraries … you name it, at some time everything has been accomplished without a State Authority.

The Nation State, this construct we have got so used to and which it is hard to imagine living without, is a construct that came into full power in the twentieth century

The Twentieth Century brought enormous advances in health, in technology, in wealth and prosperity to many while also bringing the most horrid and destructive wars, ethnic cleansings, mass starvations and vile repressions of human rights.

How to have peace and prosperity without the wars and repressions that the modern Nation States seem to thrive on? This is the question curious minds can ponder. It is a fascinating and challenging intellectual journey, exploring the idea of “The Market for Freedom” and the Tannehills’ book is a good place to start.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Welcome from Neville Kennard
  2. Think Tanks Don't Work
  3. "Market Failure": Just what the government ordered!
  4. The Tragedy of the Tax Pool Commons
  5. Corporate Welfare
  6. Citizenship for Sale?
  7. I Don't Vote
  8. Voting: Right or Privilege?
  9. Stockholm Syndrome and our Love-Hate Relationship with Government
  10. Civil Disobedience: The Rules of Engagement
  11. Should Respect for Law Extend to Bad Laws?
  12. Jaywalking as a Demonstration of Individuality
  13. Government Likes War
  14. Collusion is Our Right
  15. Why Not the Drug Olympics?
  16. Unconventional Wisdom
  17. Tiger Farming: An Alternative to Extinction
  18. Looking Backwards: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Sydney, 2010
  19. Tax Avoidance is a Patriotic Duty
  20. Kennard Writes to IPA Review Editor
  21. Genocide by Welfare: A Tragedy from the Aboriginal Welfare Industry
  22. Separating Sport and State
  23. Your Home is Not an Investment
  24. Dick Smith, Celebrity Philanthropist
  25. A Libertarian's New Year's Resolution
  26. Extend Politicians' Holidays to Create Prosperity
  27. Entrepreneurs are Disruptive, and Bureaucrats Hate It
  28. What is a good Australian?
  29. Governments Like Employment But Hate Employers
  30. The Market Failure Industry
  31. Neville Kennard: The Tax Avoidance Imperative
  32. Wot if ...?
  33. The Tribal Chief and the Witch Doctor
  34. The Tannehills
  35. Democracy versus Property Rights and Prosperity
  36. Government Doesn't Work, and That's the Way They Like It
  37. Minarchy vs Anarchy
  38. Euthanasia and Self-Ownership
  39. The Right Policies to Fix a Depression
  40. Is Howard Our Best PM?
  41. Tax Producers vs Tax Consumers
  42. Where There's a Queue, There's a Business Opportunity
  43. Authoritarian Freedom
  44. Why Classical Liberals Should Debate Anarchocapitalists
  45. The Tyranny of the Majority
  46. If you could choose to whom you paid your tax
  47. Business Should Exploit Boat People
  48. The Immorality of Trade Unions
  49. "America" vs "The United States"
  50. Sweet Anarchy
  51. The Illusion of "Job Creation"
  52. Gold Is Money
  53. Guilty Capitalists
  54. Bureauphobia
  55. Prosperity vs Growth
  56. Capitalism vs Democracy
  57. More people = More fun
  58. Self-Ownership - the very idea!
  59. Government will murder Neville Kennard if he doesn't back away
  60. The Australian Dollar Has Been Cowardly and Criminally Devalued, Harming the Poor Particularly
  61. Is Taxation Theft and Government a Tax Cheat?
  62. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  63. Government Needs Bad Guys –
    that's why they like wars
  64. What Is Obscene?
  65. Traffic Economics
  66. Wayne Swan stands on the shoulders of other intellectual pygmies
  67. Neville Kennard Obituary
  68. Neville Kennard in 1979 proposes new alliances to end penalty rates
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