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


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

by David E. Shellenberger on 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 come with the state; they are but symptoms. The state is evil, does evil, and attracts evil.

When politicians remove their masks of false civility, they display their true nature — they are thuggish. And even masked politicians make no effort to disguise their pursuit of criminal power. Vile people seek this power, and vile people are usually vulgar. [click to continue…]

South Africa Needs Free Trade

by David E. Shellenberger on 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 prosperity, greater individual opportunity, better health, cultural evolution and enrichment, and improved stewardship of the environment. It also promotes civil liberties, political freedom, and peace.”

Significance of Free Trade

Economic freedom is itself indivisible. Why is one element, free trade, so important? Consider the observations of nineteenth-century French economist Frédéric Bastiat. [click to continue…]

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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Politics Is Beneath Contempt

October 1, 2015

I share economist Donald J. Boudreaux’s view of politics: “repulsive and beneath contempt.” I also share his view of politicians: As a rule, politicians are untrustworthy, duplicitous, and cowardly; they are people who have an unusually powerful craving for power and fame; and the successful among them typically possess an unusual talent for camouflaging their craving […]






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Human Rights and Economic Freedom in Afghanistan

September 21, 2015

It was an honor to make a presentation via Skype to the Human Rights Club of the Afghanistan Economic & Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) on September 5th, 2015. This article is adapted from the presentation. The principles discussed apply to all countries. AELSO is a member of the Atlas Network. AELSO’s mission is “to promote the values […]






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Free the Education Market

June 20, 2015

I appreciated the opportunity to share observations for Rebeca Morla’s May 15, 2015 article for the PanAm Post, “Washington State’s School Officials Pocket More than the Governor.” The article discusses the Washington Policy Center’s recent report, “Where the Money Goes in Public Education.” The center found that “only 60 cents of every school dollar actually […]






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Art for Compassion: Wolves and Coyotes

May 6, 2015

Nature photographer and filmmaker Jim Brandenburg’s new project, “Nature 365,” presents daily, one-minute videos from footage that Mr. Brandenburg filmed over the years in Minnesota. On the project’s website, Mr. Brandenburg observes, There were themes that kept presenting themselves to me – like the resident wolf pack that over the years learned to trust my […]






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Appearance on Libertas Media, March 20, 2015

April 26, 2015

It was a pleasure again being a guest on Brian Wilson’s Libertas Media Project podcast. Brian is a veteran radio talk show host. He regularly interviews Judge Andrew Napolitano; his other guests include luminaries such as Walter Williams and James Bovard. I was delayed in linking the podcast, but the topics we discussed are timeless. These include anarchism; the […]






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Politics Is Not the Path to Liberty

April 7, 2015

The campaign for the United States 2016 presidential election is now underway. Here are two predictions. First, all of the candidates will be unprincipled, untrustworthy, and hypocritical. Second, many of the victor’s actual policies will be the opposite of those promised. If one’s goal is liberty, then involvement in politics is worse than a waste […]






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Come Over to the Bright Side

March 17, 2015

Wake up. Sleepwalk no longer. Come over to the bright side. Seek a world with liberty, a world without rulers. It takes courage to acknowledge truth. It takes strength to reject conformity. And it takes toughness to decline surrender. But we live fully when our eyes are open. We live honestly when we are true […]






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