FREE INDIVIDUAL INDEX
Liberty: A Nation of Aliens
[12/19/2020]—An free individual's description of what true freedom and independence are. (By Richard Rieben.) —see Blog
Introducing Freedom Underground [12/17/2020]—Freedom Underground is a new subsection of the Free Individual dedicated to providing a platform for free independent individuals to express themselves. Your thoughts, ideas, and views are solicited for inclusion in the Free Underground, and will include, your comments, questions, criticisms, essays, monographs, articles, or stories—especially regarding living as a free individual.
Eccentrics [11/29/2020]—To the world of the socially accepted the free independent individual will always be considered an "eccentric." The individualist is always a non-comformist—freedom and individualism require going in the opposite direction of the mass of human society which is rushing headlong into totalitarian uniformity and oppression.
Be A Ragnar Danneskjold [11/27/2020]—Smuggling is closely related to another law-defying activity called the "black market." In a hypothetical free society neither smuggling or black markets would be possible, because everyone would be free to produce any product or perform any service they chose in the open market, where anyone would be free to buy those products and services.
A Penny Saved Is Not A Penny Earned [11/26/2020]—You must earn it before you can save it, and you must work to earn it.
Against The Flow [11/24/2020]—A free individualist is a peculiar being. If you choose to be free, you will be very unusual, and however you choose to secure your freedom and live your life, it will not be a "usual" life. Look around you at all those who continue to live in slavery to the state—that is the usual.
Preserving Wealth—Protecting Against Government Theft (Taxes, Tarrifs, Regualtions) [11/23/2020]—Stragegies for minizing or eliminating the financial burden of state or government threats to your wealth.
Nothing To Worry About [11/19/2020]—Work to change what you can change, and learn how to accept what cannot be changed, and strive to know the difference.
Ten Mistakes— 10. You Cannot Save The World [11/18/2020]—Freedom only pertains to individuals, not societies. Freedom is a necessity of life for human beings because, to live, they must be free to learn, and think and choose how to live. Only individual human beings have the necessity and ability to consciously choose their behavior. A society's, "behavior," is only the sum of the choices and actions of all the individuals that are that society.
Ten Mistakes—9. You Owe Nothing to Society [11/17/2020]—You are not born with any obligation (or duty) of any kind to any other human being—not to humanity or society, or your country, your community, your neighbors, or your family, or any other individuals. No one else has a claim on your life, or any part of it. Your only "obligation" is to yourself and that obligation is to be the best human being you can be. The only one who suffers if you fail in that obligation is you.
Ten Mistakes—8. You Will Never Be Appreciated [11/16/2020]—If you are a free individual, what others say about you or to you, or what anyone else thinks about you or how anyone else judges you does not matter because all that matters to you is reality and the truth that describes it. No one else can really know who and what you are, with the possible exception of one who is closest to you. It is only what you know you are that matters.
Ten Mistakes—7. You Make Your Own World [11/15/2020]—Reality is immutable, absolute, and ruthless. Immutable means the nature of reality cannot be changed or ever be other than what it is. Absolute means reality is complete and unconditional; it is all there is and is not contingent on anything. Ruthless means reality determines what is true and not true, and no human feelings, desires, choices, acts, beliefs, or wishes can change it.
Ten Mistakes—6. Everybody Is Different [11/14/2020]—What distinguishes human beings from all other life is their volitional nature. Beyond the fact that every individual human being is an animal organism with a mind (which is what makes them human beings and the only way in which they are the, "same,") every individual is different from every other human being.
Ten Mistakes—5. Things Will Not Get Better [11/13/2020]—Unlike non-living entities, every living organism must act to remain the kind of organisms it is. The life of any organism is not something that happens to the organism, but something it does and must do if it is to remain alive.
Dead, or Alive and Free? [11/12/2020]—Each individual has the power to take liberty and make it a reality in his own life.
Freedom Challenge II [11/12/2020]—I've made this challenge to the most promonent organizations and individuals promoting the ideas of individual freedom and liberty today because, in spite of their sincere efforts to promote freedom it is not individual freedom they are actually promoting. What they are actually working for may actually be preventing true individual freedom.
Ten-Year-Old Freedom Challenge [11/10/2020]—Over ten years ago I published, "The Individualist's Challenge." That article questioned the intention and purpose of eighteen of the most prominent and active liberty and freedom organiztions and Internet sites at that time.
Ten Mistakes—4. Reality Is What It Is [11/09/2020]—Reality is all that is the way it is, whether anyone knows what is or not. If one is to live successfully in this world, it is the world as it actually is, not as one would like it to be, that one must know and base their choices on.
Ten Mistakes—3. Fighting For Your Rights [11/08/2020]—There is no such thing as rights. No one has a claim on anything in life that they have not produced, earned, or merited by their own effort. The pursuit of rights is an immoral pursuit of the unearned and undeserved, as well as a huge waste of one's resources.
Ten Mistakes—2. The Prophets Among Us [11/07/2020]—Perhaps the most universal of all hoaxes and scams is, "prophesy," the claim that one is able to foresee or predict the future. From palm readers to pseudo-scientists predicting "global warming," none of these frauds could be put over if one simple inviolable fact of reality were kept in mind, no one can predict the future—EVER!
Ten Mistakes—1. The Secret Of Success [11/06/2020]—Free independent individualists are neither omnisicient nor infallible, and are as prone to mistakes as any other human beings. The difference is, a free individual is always willing to admit and correct mistakes when they are discovered.
Free Individuals [11/05/2020]—One impediment to freedom is the belief that true individual freedom is not possible to achieve. It is easy to understand why this is true. Though there are literally millions of individuals living their lives freely and successfully in almost every country of the world, all of academia, politics, and the popular press neither recognizes or acknowledges them and all philosophy, religion, and ideologies deny it is possible.
USA Gone [11/04/2020]—The Free Individual does not comment on political issues and this is no exception. This comment regards a very mistaken idea related to the latest (2020) presidential election in the USA—the almost panicked belief by those opposed to whoever gets elected that it means the, "end of America," whatever those who use such phrases mean by it.
A Free Individual—Ghost [11/03/2020]—Freedom is the greatest adventure of a lifetime, and there ain't no going back to the herd.
Freedom Is A Family Affair [11/01/2020]—There is common false picture of free independent individuals as some kind of loners with little social life and certainly not a family. A free individual, in fact, is more likely than not to have a family, a spouse and children, because they are part of his means of achieving and being fully human and fully enjoying his life.
A Different Life [11/01/2020]—"Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone."
Harry Browne's Freedom Principles [10/31/2020]—Eighteen principles that teach you there is a way you can live your life as you want to live it—no matter what others decide to do with their lives.
Cory The Well Driller—An American Individualist [10/29/2020]—The following letter to the president of The United States speaks for itself. If you want to know what an independent individualist is, "Cory the well driller," is one.
You Can't Fake It [10/28/2020]—The harm of a lie is to your own consciousness.
Being Truly Yourself [10/27/2020]—Being yourself is being what you have made yourself.
Everybody Is Different [10/26/2020]—One man's meat is another man's poison; one man's trash is anothe man's treasure.
Free Thinking [10/26/2020]—Free-thinkers are confident, logical and intelligent. They give birth to their own ideas and resist the dominating mantras of the simple-minded. Having a mind that is free and the courage to express it will often mean free-thinkers have only a few close friends (who are equally interesting and intelligent).
Practical Freedom [10/25/2020]—Practival freedom means identifying what it is you want to do and achieving the conditions in which you are free do it. Freedom means being able to do whatever you choose to do without the interference of any other individuals or human agencies, including government. If you are able to do whatever you choose, you are free.
Freedom Ethics [10/23/2020]— The totally independent free individual is the only truly moral individual and only a moral individual is ever truly free. The purpose of ethics in philosophy is to discover and identify the fundamental principles of right and wrong in thought and action. The objective of those principles is the success and happiness of the individual as a human being.
Making Money [10/22/2020]—Money is a tangible representation of one's independence, the symbol of his productivity, as well as a means to freedom itself.
Money [10/22/2020]—"Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns—or dollars. Take your choice—there is no other—and your time is running out."
Never Explain [10/20/2020]—You do not need an excuse to live your life. You do not need anyone else's permission, approval, or agreement.
No Political Solution [10/20/2020]—Western culture, especially in The United States is usually associate with "individuality, reason, diversity, and progress" as prized values of that culture. The libertarian question is, if freedom results in a society in which those prized values were lost, is freedom itself a mistake?
Private Life [10/19/2020]—While these are meant as means of acquiring wealth, they are also part of remaining invisible to the political system.
Diversions From Freedom [10/18/2020]—Even if one is truly an independent individualist who cannot live without freedom, it is easy to get diverted from the course of freedom, because there are an infinite number of things in this world all beckoning to us to, "look at this," "buy this," "do this," or, "worry about this," with promises of interest, excitement, importance, pleasure or satisfaction.
Politics, A Joke [10/18/2020]—Politics never has to be taken seriously. All of politics is an unintended circus. Every politician is a clown promising what he cannot possibly deliver. One cannot blame them for making the promises, it's how they get elected, but how can anyone who understands that not laugh at those who are stupid enough to take them seriously.
Nobody Wants To Know The Truth [10/17/2020]—I'm not surprised, really. Perhaps I'm a little disappointed, but not in the way I might have been if I had expected or depended on it. Fortunately I've long been immune to any need for anyone else to be anything other than what they are. Still, it would have been nice to find more than the handful of individuals I've come to know who really want to know the truth.
Food For Free Thinking [10/15/2020]—Knowledge is food for thought. Knowledge is all we have to think about or to think with. Many times, it is just an idea we become conscious of that sets off a chain of thinking that might inspire us, or clarify something that was otherwise in dout, or simply something interesting because it is a different way of seeing the truth.
Who Is We [10/15/2020]—There is no collective, no social, no political means of implementing individualism. It would be a contradiction in terms. The future is not determined by some, "we," it is determined only by what individuals choose and do.
Postmodernism, A Psychosis [10/12/2020]—Some examples of anti-reason anti-mind ideas that are being foisted on every aspect of culture and society by the cultural Marxists and postmodernists.
Basic Knowledge [10/11/2020]—Knowledge is an absolute necessity for human success, and is one reason we want to have as much knowledge as possible. Since there is an almost infinite number of things one might learn, what kind of knowledge should one pursue?
Prussian "Public" Schools [10/11/2020]—The rest is right out of the Prussian model/cultural Marxist handbook.
The Allure Of Anarchy [10/10/2020]—I am not an anarchist, I am an individualist, a "free independent individual," because there is no other kind. Because I am an individualist, I have no use for government. No government has anything of value to offer me, and all government is a threat to my life and personal freedom.
Underground [10/09/2020]—One of the things it is very difficult for the unfree, the vast majority of humanity, to believe is that there are literally millions of people in this world who are living their lives as free individuals.
One reason this is generally unknown is because the truly free are largely invisible, but there are signs of their existence everywhere. One of those signs is what is call the, "shadow economy."
Your Freedom Now (Part 3 of 3) [10/06/2020]—Freedom is not free! The price is risk and insecurity. Actually there is no more risk or insecurity in the life of an independent free individual than in the life of anyone else. The difference is the individualist recognizes the reality of risk, embraces it as an element of adventure, and knows exactly how to deal with it.
Your Freedom Now (Part 2 of 3) [10/05/2020]—You and I, who want to be free without waiting for the government or society to change, need to know what practical freedom is. How can we free ourselves?
Your Freedom Now (Part 1 of 3) [10/04/2020]—What the Free Individualist means by freedom is real freedom for real people in the real world, right now.
Most people really do not want freedom. Most people want security. They want guarantees, assurances that nothing will ever go wrong, that they will never be hurt or disappointed, that everything will always be what they like and what they are used to and they will always be happy. In this world there are no guarantees, things always go wrong, there are always changes and disappointments, and those who seek guarantees are never going to be happy.
Freedom, Not Vice [10/03/2020]—Freedom is not freedom to do wrong and get away with it.
The Dignity Of Freedom [10/02/2020]—Dignity is the highest virtue, encompassing all others, and is only possible to free individuals.
What Are You Waiting For? [10/01/2020]—If it is truly freedom you desire, what are you waiting for.
Why Do You Want To Be Free? [09/30/2020]—Freedom means being free to do whatever one chooses to do. If you do not have something to do, you really do not need freedom.
What Are You Living For? [09/24/2020]—What makes you life worth living?
Your Personal Freedom [09/21/2020]—Freedom is not the same as, "liberty." Liberty is a political concept and means something granted to or, "provided," by some agency of force—that is, a government. Liberty is not freedom, liberty is what some controlling agency allows or gives you permission to do. Freedom means being able to do whatever you choose to do without getting anyone else's permission or approval. Freedom is being able to live your life in any way you can choose, never being prevented by anyone else from going wherever you like or doing whatever you like, and never being compelled by anyone else to go anyplace or do anything you do not choose to go or do.
Why Live In Society? [09/20/2020]—Most human being choose to live in some kind of social relationship with other human beings. This observation is mistakenly attributed to some supposed evolutionary or inherited natural attribute of human beings, called the, "social nature," or, "social instinct." Nothing causes human beings to do or be anything, because they must choose all their behavior.
Racism [09/18/2020]—What racism is and it's danger to you and your freedom.
The Privileged [09/13/2020]—Privilege may be defined as a special advantage or prerogative enjoyed by some individuals. The word is used these days as a pejorative. To call someone, "privileged," is tantamount to calling them evil, dangerous, or dishonest.
Must Choose [09/09/2020]—The first requirement for living a free successful life is knowing one can and must consciously choose everything they do.
It is impossible to escape the fact that everything you do you choose to do. It is possible to attempt to evade responsibility for your choices. You can blame other things for what you do, like feelings, or desires, genetics, or society, your health, moods, or the provocation of others, but none of those excuses cover up the fact that whatever you do, you do because you have chosen to do it.
Independence—Better Than Morality [09/06/2020]—Independence is the primary virtue of being a free individual. Dependence means being tied to some authority or obligation by which one's own choice are restricted. One cannot be free without being independent of all possible external limitations or strictures.
Freedom Not For Everyone [09/02/2020]—Why does the Free Individual logo add "For The Exceptional?" Because those who truly want freedom are exceptional. Most people say they want to be free, when asked, but in fact most do not know what true freedom is and would despise it if it were forced on them.>