About

Rich Brents
Project manager by day, writer by night, and advocate for freedom at any time. I discovered my own interests in liberty long ago, before I even knew what it was. While in high school, and already a proponent of questioning authority, I stumbled across a British television show called “The Prisoner.” At the core of Patrick McGoohan’s show was a cry for recognition of the individual as individual. This spoke to me in a way that, until years later, I failed to understand.

Following high school, I embarked on an admittedly misguided stint in the U.S. military. My aversion to authority failed to quell my belief in an obligation to do my part in defense of freedom. What I discovered was that, rather than being defensive, the U.S. military is a tool of powerful forces with little regard for the people either within, or targeted by, their control.

It was during this time that I found Ayn Rand. While I considered her writing stilted, her message of individual freedom resonated with me much like McGoohan’s Prisoner had. Additionally, writers like Orwell, Huxley, and Robert Heinlein were providing insights into how free societies could be destroyed by ideas of collectivism and the subjugation of the individual.

Following my military years, I proceeded to college. There I largely left behind any concerns about the ideas related to individual liberty. In retrospect, I believed that I would be left free to live my life provided I respected the rights of others to do the same. Needless to say, this is not the case. Over the ensuing decades, I saw the steady erosion of individual liberty both in the United States and abroad. Endless wars, the mounting surveillance state, and the erosion of economic stability tore open my eyes to the need for more than just complacency.

From that point, I versed myself in the literature of freedom. This included absorption of economic theory, such as from Bastiat, Mises, Rothbard and others, as well as reading arguments both for and against individual liberty. This site represents the next step: an attempt to raise awareness about the perpetual encroachment on the rights of individuals. As I have learned, none of us is free unless all of us are.

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