Very impersonal egoist influenced, and it makes good arguments around honesty, priorities, and the traps that we put ourselves in. Podcast Episode Click here to listen to a podcast based on these book notes Summary Notes The premise of the book is that we live in an unfree world, created by our beliefs and the environments we put ourselves in. Most of us strive for more freedom in our lives, and this book explains how you can get it, focusing on the psychological and lifestyle shifts you need to make to get there. Getting out of these mental traps is necessary for claiming your freedom.
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Aug 20, Nick Klagge rated it liked it This book has about equal parts wisdom and foolishness. Harry Browne was once the libertarian candidate for president well after writing this book. So, perhaps it was fitting that I read this book in the form of a PDF that someone had posted for free on the internet.
The book is generally about personal responsibility--taking stock of what you are doing in the world, figuring out whether it makes sense for you, and if not, taking responsibility for changing it. His attitude has a definite This book has about equal parts wisdom and foolishness. His attitude has a definite affinity with Stoicism--rigorously assessing which things are under your control and which are not, and focusing your energies on the former. Which, who knows, maybe he is. There is also what I would call a bunch of dumb libertarian stuff.
Interestingly, he talks a fair amount in the book about how it is worthless to be involved in politics, and about how marriage is a terrible idea, but in an afterword he mentions that he both ran for president and got married! The reasons he expresses, particularly for marriage, are very much "normal" reasons. Essentially, it seems like practice ended up trumping theory.
Besides, his writing is smooth and easy flowing if a bit repetitive. Despite his intelligence, the author is so prejudiced and emotional about government, he simply cannot admit that governments have pros AND cons like anything else.
Hence, I advise you to read the chapters about government with a good pinch of salt. My rating: 4,5 stars. I did learn a few valuable lessons though.
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World: A Handbook for Personal Liberty
Armed services[ edit ] He was inducted into the U. Army on May 5, On October 4, , he was sent to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands , where the Operation Castle hydrogen bomb tests were conducted. In Browne was sent to Eniwetok to finish his tour of duty and afterwards was transferred to the Army Reserves at Fort Huachuca , Arizona. He was released from active military service on July 17, He was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces on February 28, and discharged from the Army Reserves on July 1, Activist and author[ edit ] Browne worked as an advertising and sales executive in the s.
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne