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Zero Aggression Principle

“The non-aggression principle (also called the non-aggression axiom, anticoercion principle, or zero aggression principle) ..... holds that "aggression" — which is defined as the initiation of physical force or the threat of such upon persons or their property — is inherently illegitimate. The principle does not preclude retaliation against aggression.” ~ from

As Étienne de la Boétie wrote in his classic essay Discourse of Voluntary Servitude (read it online or buy it):

Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.

The Shootist (1976), John Wayne as John Bernard Books:

"I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do this to other people. I require the same from them."




  • Everyday Italian: Italians are masters at transforming simple, everyday ingredients into dishes that are quick, healthy and satisfying. In Everyday Italian, Chef Giada De Laurentiis shares updated versions of the homey recipes she grew up with in her Italian family. She'll show you easy dishes that are perfect for every occasion: a weeknight meal, entertaining a crowd, or a cozy dinner for two. Buon appetito!
  • Molto Mario: Freshness and simplicity are the keys to Mario Batali's spectacular Italian cuisine. Molto Mario brings these principles home--it's a culinary tour of Italy with tips and secrets from one of New York's premier chefs.
  • Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello: Cookbook author and chef Michael Chiarello loves to find inventive ways to entertain his friends. His parties are casual, easy to plan, and always revolve around great food. Each episode of Easy Entertaining, shot on location in northern California's gorgeous wine country at the Gargiulo Winery, features Michael planning, cooking, and throwing a creative get together. His recipes - a mix of his Italian heritage and wine country lifestyle - are perfect for easy and effortless entertaining.
  • Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee: In an atmosphere as inviting as her recipes, Sandra Lee, author of the best-selling cookbook Semi-Homemade Cooking, shares her techniques for combining fresh ingredients with specially selected store-bought items. The result? Mouthwatering meals and desserts, prepared in minutes, that taste like they were made from scratch. Now you can see why consumers, viewers, and celebrities from Katie Couric to Nathan Lane have made Sandra Lee one of America’s most sought-after culinary experts! Read more about Sandra here:


  • If you are tired of trying to sort out fact from fiction in health care. . . If you are as confused about nutrition and health as are most Americans. . . If you believe (as I do) that health care begins at home, not the doctor's office. . . If you don't buy into much of the misinformation that appears in the news media regarding the health benefits of vitamins, minerals and herbs. . . If you want to learn up-to-date information about important topics such as cholesterol, soy, vitamin safety, iron control, drinking water, and many other topics, then this website is for you.
  • Backwoods Home Magazine: Practical ideas for self-reliant living.
  • Do It Yourself Network
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation: Defending Freedom in the Digital World
  • Fred On Everything: Scurrilous Commentary by Fred Reed
  • Future of Freedom Foundation: Advancing Freedom and Free Markets since 1989.
  • Foundation For Economic Freedom: publishes Ideas on Liberty (IOL), formerly the Freeman, with articles on Liberty Freedom and Free Market Economics; plus The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty: Nothing is more basic to Western civilization than reason, natural rights, and individual liberty. In each issue The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty applies the basic principles of the free society to history and the issues of the day.
  • Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership: America's Most Aggressive Defender of Firearms Ownership. --- "A Solutions-Oriented Organization!" --- To destroy "gun control" and to encourage Americans to understand and defend all of the Bill of Rights for everyone.
  • The Laissez Faire Electronic Times
  • Liberty Unbound
  • L. Neil Smith
       Lever Action Essays
  • National Consumer Coalition: NCC works to expose government policies that restrict consumer choice and stifle competition -- harming consumers by substituting policymakers’ values for individual values and raising the costs of goods and services to consumers.
  • A Journal of Liberty
  • The Objectivist Center: Reason, Individualism, Achievement, and Freedom.
  • Philosophy Pages: offers helpful information for students of the Western philosophical tradition.
  • Reason Online: Reason is the monthly print magazine of “free minds and free markets.” It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Reason provides a refreshing alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a principled case for liberty and individual choice in all areas of human activity. Reason Online is updated daily with articles and columns on current developments in politics and culture. It also contains the full text of past issues of the print edition of Reason. Reason Online is entirely free.
  • a running argument with the modern state and its courtier media.
  • Dr. Weil: Weil Lifestyle, LLC, an organization founded by Andrew Weil, M.D., is the leading resource for education, information, products, services and philanthropic contributions based on the principles of integrative medicine. Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural health and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil provides an innovative approach to health care that encompasses body, mind, and spirit.


  • James Allen (1864-1912) from Project Gutenberg
    • As A Man Thinketh
      "The aphorism, 'As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,' not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts." ~ James Allen, from As A Man Thinketh (1904), Chapter 1: Thought and Character

      "Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself." ~ James Allen, from As A Man Thinketh (1904), Chapter 2: Effect Of Thought On Circumstances

      "All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man's weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own and not another man's. They are brought about by himself and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another. His condition is also his own, and not another man's. His sufferings and his happiness are evolved from within. As he thinks, so is he; as he continues to think, so he remains." ~ Allen, James, from As A Man Thinketh (1904), Chapter 5: The Thought-Factor In Achievement, [b.Nov 28, 1864 - d. 1912]
    • The Way Of Peace
  • Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) is a French economist and politician, wrongfully ignored in France, though recognized as being an author of foremost importance in many other countries (in the United States in particular).
    • Government (1848)
      "Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else." ~ Frédéric Bastiat
    • The Law was first published as a pamphlet in June, 1850.
    • What is Seen and What is Not Seen (1850): In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives birth not only to an effect, but to a series of effects. Of these effects, the first only is immediate; it manifests itself simultaneously with its cause - it is seen. The others unfold in succession - they are not seen: it is well for us, if they are foreseen.
  • The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson web site is a celebration of one of America's finest philosophers. The Site is designed for easy reading, printing on paper and/or downloading into a handheld computer like the PalmPilot.
  • Benjamin Franklin {Google Search}
  • Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive
    "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." --- Jefferson, Thomas, On Politics & Government: Quotations from the Writings of Thomas Jefferson, [b.1743 - d.1826]
    "I cannot live without books." --- Jefferson, Thomas, to John Adams, 1815, [b.1743 - d.1826]
    "An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second." ~ Thomas Jefferson, TITLE: To Peter Carr. EDITION: Washington ed. i, 397. PLACE: Paris DATE: 1785
  • Mencken Society: Honoring the memory of and promoting the reading of the living works of Henry Louis Mencken (1880-09-12—1956-01-29), the “Sage of Baltimore”, American author, critic, newspaper man and iconoclast.
    “If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.” —“Epitaph”, Smart Set, 1921-12-03, p. 33
  • The Ludwig von Mises Institute is the research and educational center of classical liberalism and the Austrian School of economics. Working in the intellectual tradition of Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995), with a vast array of publications, programs, and fellowships, the Mises Institute seeks a radical shift in the intellectual climate.
  • The Ayn Rand Institute is the authoritative online source for information on the life and works of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand, author of the famous novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
    "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." ~ Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)
  • Lysander Spooner: Nineteenth-Century lawyer, abolitionist, entrepreneur, legal theorist and political radical. [January 19, 1808 - May 14, 1887]
    "To live honestly is to hurt no one, and give to every one his due." -- Original grave marker.
  • The [Henry David] Thoreau Reader: The works of Henry D. Thoreau, 1817-1862; from
    "How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it." ~ Henry David Thoreau

    "Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations." ~ Henry David Thoreau

    "A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting." ~ Henry David Thoreau

    "Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it." ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • Home to one of the largest "collections of collections" on the Internet, is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.
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    • Great Books Online: Authors: Index to Primary Authors
    • Great Books Online: Nonfiction
    • The Harvard Classics The Shelf of Fiction -- Selected by Charles W. Eliot, LLD -- The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume “5-foot shelf of books” and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century.
  • The Perseus Project: A digital library of classical texts from Tufts University.
  • Classics at MIT: Searchable collection of electronic texts from the ancient world.
  • University of Virginia: Electronic Text Center: The Center combines an on-line archive of tens of thousands of SGML and XML-encoded electronic texts and images with a library service that offers hardware and software suitable for the creation and analysis of text.