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Bitten by the bug - now what?

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Sage Posted: Tue, Jan 22 2008 12:47 PM

I learned about Ron Paul last summer and I've been following his campaign very closely - I live in Canada but I have a dual USA/CAN citizenship so I can vote in the States.  Over the last 6 months I've come to realize that I am a libertarian; that is, I've been bitten by the liberty bug.  I started off with Milton Friedman and have progressed to Rothbard and Mises.  Now, my question is: where do I go from here? 

I went to the University of Manitoba last semester but I was so disgusted with the ignorant economics and rampant socialism that I'm taking this semester off.  I know Walter Block advises getting a PhD in economics and going on to teach, but I wonder if that is the best course of action.  Personally, I feel university is a bit of a joke and that I don't need to go to an institution to learn.   I can do a better job teaching myself.  

Right now I'm leaning towards a self-employment Steve Pavlina-style job based on libertarianism. 

Does anyone here have any ideas or suggestions on how to promote liberty as a career? - The Positive Political Economy of Anarchism

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Solredime replied on Tue, Jan 22 2008 2:15 PM

I guess you could always try to get a position as an editor at some sort of newspaper, hopefully a paid position, while posting at your own blog. Though how you would earn enough money to live off just that I don't know.

 I'd also like to see suggestions since I may end up in a situation like yours.

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Stranger replied on Tue, Jan 22 2008 3:24 PM

 Sometimes the best way to help the cause of liberty is to make a lot of money and give it away to support other intellectuals.

 Off to Fort McMurray then!

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Sage, I am in almost an identical position. Worse, I graduated in May with an "economics degree", and looking to obtain a position in the realm of microeconomics, took a job as an economic incentive consultant. I obviously had not yet fully developed my healthy distrust and disdain for government and thought some good could be done. I now work everyday in a job I not only dislike, but abhor on moral grounds. However, I find myself in a position where I cannot simply leave because I have huge student loans and am disillusioned. I wish to find something exactly like you described. My passion is in this area of economics that seems to be the least helpful in obtaining employment. Furthermore, I do not wish to take another position requesting economic degrees as most will involve some form of macroeconomics or brand of econ I do not subscribe to.

If you get an answer on this one let me know...

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV. And you think you're so clever and class less and free. But you're still f***ing peasants as far as I can see.

There's room at the top they are telling you still. But first you must learn how to smile as you kill, if you want to be like the folks on the hill.

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You could always try GMU or NYU...


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