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


Haiku: Fourth of July, 2017

by David E. Shellenberger on July 4, 2017

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

Trump Is Not My President

by David E. Shellenberger on 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 state and tolerance of Trump.

Trump is not “the leader of the country,” and he will not “run the country.” Individuals make up a country, and they lead themselves and run their own lives.

He is not “the leader of the free world”; the job does not exist. In a free world, there will be no states and thus no president of the United States. In the meantime, the head of the only state that maintains an empire and engages in endless war, and aggressively steals liberty at home, is an unlikely candidate to lead anyone concerned with freedom. [click to continue…]

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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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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