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Please download and share free e-books on economics for children, by Michael A. Malgeri

Michael A. Malgeri has just sent me an email which I’m sharing here (and will also share on my Economics for Children Facebook page) [Writing for children continues to be one of my goals – but it is on the back burner at the moment, given many other priorities.]

Btw, I had introduced readers to Michael Malgeri’s work in 2013, here.

EXTRACT OF EMAIL FROM MICHAEL

We corresponded several years ago about my children’s book series that teach young people the fundamentals of Capitalism.

I’m offering the ebooks as FREE downloads on my website http://www.kids4biz.com/ and thought you might be interested in spreading the word to your community.

The “Johnny Profit” series teaches Capitalism and other free enterprise concepts through short, simple fiction.

The series has been endorsed by Steve Forbes, Larry Kudlow and Joseph Bast of the Heartland Institute (see below my signature).

I’m currently involved in helping spread ideas of innovation, entrepreneurship and liberty among the youth of Africa.

Please consider visiting http://www.kids4biz.com  where you can download each of the books in the series.

There are also pictures of the programs in Africa.

Thank you for your consideration.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Michael A. Malgeri

“Michael Malgeri has created a series of small books that could change the way an entire generation views individualism, profit-making, and capitalism. The books are easy to read and fun to discuss with children of all ages. They capture the imagination and explain the moral foundations of the free society with just a few words and pictures. Adam Smith and Milton Friedman would have approved!”  – Joseph Bast, President, The Heartland Institute.

“Kids will learn from these. But adults would, too! Should be mandatory reading in Washington.”  – Steve Forbes, Forbes Magazine

‘Johnny Profit’ bucks convention and takes the labels of guilt and greed out of honest profit making.” – Larry Kudlow, host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report

 

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Audio books on liberty – please contribute your links/ compilations to this list

Some info I had compiled earlier but never got time to either listen or to comment on.

Here’s an initial list. Please provide links you come across.

 The Intellectual Portrait Series: Conversations with Leading Classical Liberal Figures of Our Time [2000]

Bastiat’s Essays on Political Economy

On Liberty by John Stuart MILL

Mill’s Essays in Political Economy

Road to Serfdom by Hayek (on my server): Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3 | Volume 4 | Volume 5 | Volume 6 | Volume 7 | Volume 8 | Volume 9 | Volume 10 | Volume 11 | Volume 12 | Volume 13

 

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Bogus “biologist” Jeremy Griffith’s book: Freedom, the end of the human condition – a useless book, best trashed

I am very sceptical when people use titles such as “World Transformation Movement” and make wild generalisations in their videos.

So today there was this massively advertised book by one Jeremy Griffith in The Australian. A massive advertisement on the front page (online edition). Clearly a lot of money has been poured into advertising a free book.

A book called Freedom is naturally of great interest to me. So I quickly download and skimmed through key sections of the book.

I was disappointed from the start.

There is nothing remarkable in the book. It is written MOST UNSCIENTIFICALLY and makes bogus claims. The following is an example:

E.O. Wilson—that lord of lying, the master of keeping humanity away from any truth; indeed, the quintessential ‘liar…the antichrist’ (Bible, 1 John 2:22 ) , the ‘deceiver and the antichrist’ ( 2 John 1:7 ) , ‘The beast… given… to utter proud words and blasphemies’

And there are massive quotations from various religious scriptures, as if these documents mean anything to the world of science. Why do I need to read extracts from bogus books in order to understand the human condition?

So what you have here is a failed Christian/ religious man trying to feed us his delusions about how he understands reality and can fix the world.

Now, I’ve read Edward O Wilson and thoroughly enjoy his works, which are deeply scientific and knowledge-based.

That someone will hit out at EO Wilson so brutally and yet claim to be a scientist meant I had to investigate further. And this is what I found:

The problem is that Griffith’s writing presents a romanticised view of hunter-gatherer life.” [Source]

 

The problem is that this is a PATHETICALLY CONFUSED book. He distorts the truth to suit his preconceived notions, he has no understanding whatsoever of freedom in the real sense (political), and rambles into religious territory – which may well suit some confused people, but adds no value to the human race or the human condition.

And read this:

we can all now know that our insecure, egocentric need to validate ourselves through winning power, fame, fortune and glory is obsoleted.

Guess what! This man wants REAL GLORY – as head of a new religion called the World Transformation Movement! No desire for fame! Pah!

As I skimmed through the book for any real knowledge, I was severely disappointed. Pure CRAP. A severely garbled book.

And here is Jeremy Griffith the new messiah speaking:

we can immediately and completely change our mind’s attitude from living a selfish, self-preoccupied life and be, as it were, ‘born again’ to a consider-the-welfare-of-others-above-your-own-welfare, unconditionally selfless, soulful, pre-resigned-like way of thinking and living. While every resigned human naturally becomes extremely habituated to living for the relief of power, fame, fortune and glory, it is possible to completely relinquish that way of thinking and living and, in its place, adopt a completely different, unconditionally selfless way of thinking and behaving.

Hold it, what has any of this to do with knowledge? That too, false knowledge, that involves denying the basic science of human nature.

The issue before mankind is this: GIVEN human nature and colossal human ignorance, what system of human interaction can be devised that minimises violence and enhances human well-being and life on earth? As James Madison said:

The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

Refusal to even acknowledge the facts of human nature can only lead us seriously astray

The man doesn’t understand freedom and therefore the title of the book is misleading. By no means is this a book on freedom.

I’m afraid I must give the book a ZERO out of 10.

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Review of Freedom, the end of the human condition, zero out of 10

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