We all have this friend who left his mechanic father’s house in Ohio at the stupendous age of 12, enrolled in college to study philosophy and physics at age 16, took a job in an automotive company, invented a revolutionary car engine powered by static electricity, and quit when the new owners decided to run the plant on collectivist principles. Who is this friend? Technically, it’s John Galt, the protagonist of Ayn Rand’s classic objectivist tome, Atlas shrugged his shoulders, whose backstory I refreshed in my memory via Wikipedia.
But in a broader sense, he is the Everyman, the raw spirit of individualism and rational self-interest, a free thinker freed from taxes, speed limits and begging big government. (If you have any thoughts on the ideological distinction between objectivism and libertarianism as a whole, and you dispute the way I’ve grouped them here, please let us know in the comments.)
For most of the year, this friend poses little problem. They appear online from time to time to define ephebophilia, then disappear to bury their golden bricks in the woods. But it is December, the month of giving, and that is a problem. What do you get for the friend who “swear[s] through [their] Life and [their] I love that [they] will never live for the good of another man, nor will he ask another man to live for [theirs]? “In a certain sense the bar is low; they sure won’t get you anything. But the act of giving is not about what you get in return, which, again, will be nothing. So for these agents Selfless Selfless, a humble gift guide for the libertarian in your life.
(Notably, there are already several libertarian gift guides out there, including this one from Raison, this one by Art for Liberty, and this one by Liberty Junkies. But as the Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute, David Boaz wrote in The libertarian spirit: a manifesto for freedom, “Libertarianism is the philosophy of freedom”, so feel free to read this one instead of theirs).
There’s a reason it’s called the highway. Those flat interstate transit canals were meant to be burnt with rubber, not petted by low-T accountants in 50-mile-an-hour hybrids. Speed limits are inherently anti-freedom. Apparently Nancy Pelosi has never heard of a little thing called Autobahn. But whatever, with one of these guys on your 2008 Cherry Red Nissan Altima, you can hit altitudes without worrying about tickets or, as some call them, car taxation.
WRITINGS COLLECTED BY RON PAUL
Every self-respecting libertarian should have a copy close at hand. The Ron Paul Revolution: The Writings and Speeches of Congressman Ron Paul, the essential text for fans of the longtime Texas congressman who ran for president as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988 and whose criticism of federal tax policy cast the intellectual foundation for the Tea Party (remember that?). Unfortunately, this is probably not the case, as it currently ranks 9,965,783rd in Amazon book sales and appears to be out of print. But you can change that: there’s still a new copy available for just $ 78. There’s also a used one for $ 5.
THIS PHOTO, FRAMED
Due to the draconian limitations of copyright law, I cannot integrate this photo, which was the work of art for RaisonLibertarian Gift Guide 2020. But I encourage you to follow this link and take a look at the image of a festive woman making an expression some might call “Everlane Golem” or “libertarian soy”. It would look lovely on your coat.
SIGN THE INCREDIBLES ATTACH
This Pixar family film that follows a nuclear superhero unit has been hailed as a “tale of objectivist morality“on the risk that, as one character shouts,” with everyone great, no one will be! “Some fans believe that the character of the costume designer, Edna Mode – although he is allegedly inspired by the famous costume designer, Edith Head – is in fact an approximation of Ayn Rand, who had an equally sharp bob and nose accent. To quote my editor, Jocelyn, whose parents, grandparents and childhood guitar teacher are libertarians (the latter was named “Daggart” after the Atlas shrugged character, Dagny Taggart): “My father has a Incredibles framed poster in our garage.
BURNING MAN TICKET
JOHN STOSSEL DVD
This Free DVD called “Stossel in the Classroom – 2020 Edition” includes 13 segments of the Libertarian TV presenter, plus “five bonus segments provided by [their] friends ”to the Foundation for Economic Education and the Federalist Society. For the low price of $ 0.00, you can read more about how the US sugar program uses “Stalinist-style price controls” and how celebrities using metal straws “want us to. let’s all stop sucking ”.
LEGALIZATION OF INCENSE
In preparing this guide, I asked some friends for ideas. One of them said “legalize incense”. I believe he meant “incest”, but he nevertheless raises a salient point. Let us honor our libertarian brothers and sisters by legalizing incense. It’s time.
Hot girls have always loved freedom. These days they wear it; Brandy Melville and Lululemon’s wares have John Galt quotes them.
THOMAS SOWELL GRAPHIC T-SHIRT
It’s not the holidays without a gifted graphic tee with a slogan that reveals the only fact that a distant relative knows about you. You could be that parent. Consider this generic brand “Thomas Sowell Socialism Quote Classic Tsht, Dmn T-shirt, Black Hoodie»Available for only $ 15.95. The beige cotton features the economist’s hairline, signature nerd glasses, and the family name screen-printed on the front, along with his famous quote: “Socialism in general has such a glaring record of failures that only an intellectual might ignore it or avoid it. Apparently the t-shirt has a “great fit”.
“RANDY WOMAN” VASE
For a more unique take on ideological merchandise, check out this $ 350 “Randy Woman Vase”Depicting a naked Ayn Rand holding the large feather fans of burlesque dancer Sally Rand, sold at an Etsy store called TesselaArt. This is the description:
Ayn borrows Sally’s fans… Ayn Rand and Sally Rand were contemporaries, known for very different reasons, and with very different views on female sexuality. The front of the vase shows Ayn waving Sally’s fans.
The reverse features revealing quotes from the two women:
“… The beauty of the human body is that it doesn’t have a single muscle that doesn’t fulfill its role; that there is not a lost line; that every detail corresponds to an idea, the idea of a man. – Ayn Rand, in La Fontaine
“Tell me what a man finds sexually attractive and I’ll tell you he’s got his whole philosophy of life.” – Ayn rand
“I haven’t been idle since the day I took off my pants.” – Sally Rand
THE PHONE NUMBER OF A BANKER IN THE CAMANS ISLANDS
The men and women of the Cayman financial industry offer the most patriotic services, hiding your taxable income and assets in offshore accounts. If you get it, do my best to Kevin.