Dave is an advocate for international liberty and international animal welfare. His many other interests include leadership and entrepreneurship.


I Survived, Part IV of X: Indictment

by David E. Shellenberger on December 13, 2017

“Thou shalt not steal.”
     — Seventh Commandment

On October 3, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of six people in connection with the string of robberies in the crime spree. The crimes included five robberies of commercial establishments —pizza restaurants and a 7-Eleven — between June 9 and July 7, 2016. The spree culminated on July 18 with the invasion of my home and the second robbery of the same 7-Eleven.

The authorities had already arrested not only the three suspects in the crimes involving me but also the three other suspects. All were now defendants in the federal case.

The linked article includes the text of the office’s media release, which I have excerpted:

Armed Robbery Suspects Charged in Federal Court

According to the indictment, the six individuals are charged with participating in a series of armed robberies of businesses and individuals in Albemarle and Greene counties. Three of these individuals are charged in a violent home invasion, abduction and armed carjacking in Albemarle County.

One of the defendants in the crimes against me was also charged in four of the prior robberies. Another was charged in three of these robberies. [click to continue…]

I Survived, Part III of X: Restoration

by David E. Shellenberger on December 12, 2017

[I]n detective stories virtue is always triumphant.”
     — Dorothy Sayers

I sat down in the living room. Within a minute, Eve came over to me from wherever she had hidden. I knew she would. She rubbed against my legs. I petted her and told her I loved her.

My mission had been to stay alive and keep the cats alive. Everything else was small. The damage to my home, my losses, my injuries — all were small; all are still small.

I secured Eve and Victoria in the extra bedroom upstairs and left them food and water. There was going to be a lot of activity in the house.

I threw out my bloody shirt. My right arm had bled from the injuries I sustained in the fall and the blows from the chair, and my wrist had bled from Victoria’s panicked scratching.

The criminals had stolen my cell phone and computer and wrecked both of my landline telephones. I had no means of communication.

At sunrise, about six o’clock, I went out on my front porch in the hope of seeing a neighbor. A few doors up the street, a car pulled into a driveway. I walked over to the house and introduced myself to my neighbor. [click to continue…]

I Survived, Part II of X: Blue Lights, Long Night

December 11, 2017

“The game is afoot.”        — Sherlock Holmes I had put the house on the market more than a year earlier. Antoine de Saint-Exupery writes of mourning the loss of friends: “It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of an oak.” […]

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I Survived, Part I of X: My Least Favorite Night

December 10, 2017

“Life is like stepping onto a boat that is about to sail out to sea and sink.”        — Attributed to Shunryu Suzuki On the night of July 18, 2016, I was in my office on the second floor of my home in central Virginia, near Charlottesville. It was about a quarter past […]

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Haiku: Fourth of July, 2017

July 4, 2017

Fireworks like war, Smoke like the terror attack. The sky offers peace.

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Trump Is Not My President

January 21, 2017

Donald Trump is not my president. Nor is he your president, even if you voted for him. The position he now holds is chief executive of the U.S. government and head of state. The people are not the government, and the state is not the country. Consider some additional misconceptions that encourage submission to the […]

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Observations on the United Kingdom’s Exit from the European Union

June 25, 2016

The United Kingdom’s rejection of continued membership in the European Union is a good outcome, but it is not a reason to celebrate populism. Populism means the defiance of principle and an appeal to the mob. Unfortunately, much of the support for the UK’s exit appears to have been based on opposition to immigration, including […]

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U.S. Presidential Campaign: Vile Politicians, Evil State

March 24, 2016

Politics is important only as a reflection of a country’s follies and as a lesson in the need for liberty – life without rulers. The current presidential campaign reveals American pathologies and reinforces the need to reject the state. To decry the quality of candidates is to miss the fundamental problem. Vile and vulgar politicians […]

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South Africa Needs Free Trade

December 11, 2015

Consider a vision — a free, peaceful, and prosperous South Africa. Economic freedom is the foundation for achieving this vision. Free trade is vital to the foundation and will stimulate further economic freedom. While freedom is indivisible, economic freedom is key. As I recently wrote, “Economic freedom, combined with a culture of capitalism, leads to […]

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Liberty and Entrepreneurship in Ghana

October 23, 2015

It was a pleasure to make a presentation via Skype to the Bastiat Institute of Liberty and Entrepreneurship’s Youth Entrepreneurship Seminar in Tema, Ghana on August 30th, 2015. This article, adapted from the presentation, includes expanded and updated information. The principles discussed apply to all countries. The people of Ghana need economic freedom and entrepreneurship to […]

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