Environmentalism

One of the shows I watched as a kid was Captain Planet. Protecting our environment was, and still is, a deep concern of mine. However now I dare not watch another episode of this show because I have a feeling it will boil my blood. I present to you 3 pet peeves that raise my blood temperature by at least 2 degrees Celsius and what it all means. Continue reading “Environmentalism”

If you gave me one book to read, which would it be?

I never learn… When you lend someone a book you’re pretty much guaranteed never to get it back. I’ve lent (or should I say ‘reluctantly given away’) more great books than I can keep track of.

And the worse thing is that those who don’t return your books are the ones who didn’t even like the books. How do I know this? Because if you liked the first book of liberty that you read you find yourself in a never-ending quest for more. The ones who liked the books I gave them are the ones who came back to me wanting further book recommendations. Continue reading “If you gave me one book to read, which would it be?”

Communication Skills

If there is one thing that I’m willing to bet on, it’s that there are topics within the pages of Books of Liberty for which you are very passionate. And wouldn’t it be great if you could convince just a few more people to see things the way you do on these subjects? If there is one tool in your tool-belt that you need in order to achieve this aim, it’s improved communication skills.

With techniques such as nonviolent communication, or NVC (for which we have many books and study guides), or other means of empathic connection you can reach a meeting of the minds on almost anything. In addition to convincing an “opponent” in a debate, this may significantly improve interpersonal relations, parenting, help with conflict resolution and is an important social skill to have.

In fact, good communication skills of this sort are so vital, they affect everything from a chat at the water cooler, to negotiating a hostage crisis (because you never know when you might find yourself in that situation).

In order to strengthen your arguments, you will utilize critical thinking and problem solving techniques to help frame your ideas, apply logic consistently and remove cognitive biases, and you will learn to identify others’ use of logical fallacies or fear and manipulation.

Then, with the power of empathic connection you will use your rhetoric to its full potential, whether through writing, debating, negotiation, public speaking or other forms of communication.

Now you just have to promise to use your superior communication skills for good and not for evil… And as always, thank you for reading!

Personal Freedom

Since the mission of Books of Liberty is to help you find content to free your mind, you can’t go wrong with clicking on personal freedom and seeing where it takes you.

Topics that are likely to be correlated with personal freedom include education and critical thinking, entrepreneurship or other means of achieving financial freedom in your life, physical and mental wellbeing, and for the parents out there we have books on peaceful parenting and some reading ideas for your own young readers.

The books within these topics are generally not ones you’d closely associate with the philosophy of liberty, and more often than not, written by authors who probably do not ascribe to the political or economic viewpoints of the majority of our members. But it’s exactly the reason why I wanted to create Books of Liberty – to bring together a wide variety of books that will enable you to ‘free yourself’ in every aspect of your life.

Let me know what you think about the synergy this brings to you, as you incorporate these topics with the traditional topics (e.g. politics, history and economics) that are more popular in these circles. And as always, thank you for reading!