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BFU - self directed learning for visionaries

Bastiat Free University

College of Liberty

"Where liberty dwells, there is my country."
Benjamin Franklin


Today liberty exists for all principally on the internet. There are many also who seek liberty in the physical world, using tools such as multi-flag theory and netrepreneurial businesses. this will be their story. It can be your story also.

In this college great thinkers and honest statesmen will congregate. Yes, that is a very small group. We will also present courses that will allow you to shape your personal freedom strategies.

At BFU you will rediscover the pleasure of self directed learning.


Reasons to attend Bastiat Free University:

You are probably here because you want freedom. Freedom from having your future controlled by uncaring bosses or unseen bureaucrats. Freedom both to do, and liberty to ignore those that deserve anonymity.


"Liberty consists in doing what one desires." - John Stuart Mill


Become a sovereign individual of the Netcohort, or networking society. Our goal is for each student to become sovereign in, of, and for themselves. In the not too distant future, Sovereign Individuals will be able to make choices and alliances as it pleases them, as long as it causes no harm to other's rights to do the same. That is the basis of the Netcohort. Soon the world's largest employer will be "self."

There are already people living this life, although acquiring and maintaining your freedom is sometimes a bit complicated for now. We will provide freedom technologies to assist you in your course work.

We will not only discuss the ideas of the ideal of freedom. You will be provided with tools to begin cutting your own chains; chains you have been dragging your whole life and will not notice until the weight is gone. Explore this world view for free. Enjoy!

Get Started on the Freedom Road now.

Our first course will start by letting our patron philosopher, statesman, and thinker: Bastiat, discuss The Law in a free PDF file. We will add the Classic Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It is still a great read, although many only read it once. The phenomenal freedom principles pounded home resonate with conviction, and are now in many ways made possible by the internet. I disagree with Rand in some areas, but if you truly desire freedom, don't try to ignore her. If liberty is what you seek you need to read this.

Another class will utilize a book found in several BFU colleges, it reads well and inspires hope that freedom will be achieved for those who seek it. The Sovereign Individual will point a way that freedom technologies may work for freedom even as the welfare states self destruct. We will add one of my favorite essays by Bastiat, the powerful What is Seen and What is Not Seen.

There are free people out there, you can join them. The effort required is nothing compared to the rewards available for you, and for those close to you.


"Man is born a proprietor, because he is born with wants whose satisfaction is necessary to life, and with organs and faculties whose exercise is indispensable to the satisfaction of these wants. Faculties are only an extension of the person; and property is nothing but an extension of the faculties. To separate a man from his faculties is to cause him to die; to separate a man from the product of his faculties is likewise to cause him to die" C. F. Bastiat


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Just as a guess, and only with a small idea of what may cause the financial drought or flood. We are headed for trouble, perhaps a "greater" depression. The days of attempting central management of complex systems seem about to end. The changes ahead of us will reshape our world. We will likely see the major welfare states falter, fail, and fall in our lifetimes; and perhaps relatively soon. Of course inevitable is not the same as immanent. You can provide yourself with options for when the world turns upside down. Emerging technologies are paving the way to a network based society. A Netcohort society infers relationships based on reputation and trust.

Just as the agricultural age gave way to the industrial age, so will we move from the industrial age into the information age, only much faster.

"An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out." - Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory

If you are viewed as a cow to be milked, and your children viewed as property to be expended at a whim, perhaps it is time to prepare to jump the fence. Worse times may be ahead, protect what you have created, determine to live your own life. Do not be more dedicated to your country than your country is dedicated to you.

"Those who feed at the government trough must expect to be herded, penned, branded, milked, and/or slaughtered. I can't help but believe a lean elk wandering the mountains is more fulfilled than a cow being fattened in a stall." - Allan Wallace

Do Not, ever, give control of your destiny to another, use many pathways and conduits so if one fails, others survive. Do, always, learn as much as possible.

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel

You, your family, and their families may all depend on your wisdom.

Start an action plan now, just in case. There may not be time latter.

"Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority--literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political." - Ignazio Silone

Governments throughout history and around the world today control the lives of their subjects by appealing to tribal pride, to fear, or to the greed that comes from laziness. They unite diverse team members, by attacking those without or by controlling and diminishing those within and making them dependent, or both. Most of the ills in society are created by these bloated artificial teams, sometimes called nations. As Bastiat said "The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else." Someone once stated accurately, "the world is composed of two types of people; freemen, and slaves."

Many who think they are free are slaves to their government. You earn your money, but half or more of your income is owned by your government in different taxes, fees, fines and takings. You think you own your house, but you pay rent to the government in real estate taxes. If you don't pay; they evict you from "your" house and "sell" it to another that will pay their rent. You start a business, you finance it, you do the work, you take the risk, and your partner- your government, takes it's 50%+ cut in taxes, fines, fees, takings. It does not have to be this way.

There is a group of successful people, an informal network society, that uses legally available planning tools to seek a free life. Those I have known are more generous than tax payers, they give by choice where they wish, not by force where power hungry bureaucrats direct. They don't finance wars, they don't buy votes from those made dependent on government handouts, they just help where they see a positive way to meet a need. If you will allow me a trite saying, they teach fishing rather than give a stolen fish to get a vote.

Wherever you live, you can take steps toward freedom. Read our essay on 8 steps to financial freedom, the first move is frequently financial. Read good books, several of them are listed after the 8 steps article. Take classes here at BFU. Start a business that travels with you, check our recommendations, or find your own.

You need an action plan to get you moving in the right direction, start now.

Do it for yourself.

Do it for those close to you.


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