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Articles

4 Things You Probably Never Knew About John Stuart Mill, 20 May 2016
Brief introduction to Mill followed by four interesting facts about his life and thought
"The high-achieving, goal-oriented Mill literally drove himself crazy. He wondered what would happen if he achieved all his goals, and he feared the lack of challenge that would come with it. He began to heal by realizing that happiness was an emotion, not just an objective list of accomplishments that had been checked off. By taking long walks, spending meaningful time with friends, and developing some hobbies, Mill began to deepen his understanding of happiness and to pull himself out of his dark mental state."
An Aristocracy of Pull?, by Thomas M. Wilson, The Freeman, Aug 2001
"Tocqueville captured in a single sentence the possibilities of an open, achievement-oriented society when he wrote, 'In America most rich men began by being poor.' ... It is individualism and achievement that make America unique and great."
Related Topic: Latin America
Robert A. Heinlein's Soaring Spirit of Liberty, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Jul 1997
Biographical essay, including multiple quotes from fellow authors and significant excerpts from Heinlein's novels and stories
"Added best-selling thriller writer Tom Clancy: 'What makes Mr. Heinlein part of the American literary tradition is that his characters do prevail. His work reflects the fundamental American optimism that still surprises our friends around the world. As Mr. Heinlein taught us, the individual can and will succeed. The first step in the individual's success is the perception that success is possible. It is often the writer's task to let people know what is possible and what is not, for as writing is a product of imagination, so is all human progress.'"
Talking To Ourselves, by Henry Grady Weaver, The Freeman, Sep 1955
"Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing. ... Little if any thought is given to the one thing that we can effectively accomplish, namely, how to improve ourselves and our own thinking as individuals."
The Abstract Concept of Human Liberty, by Robert LeFevre, The Freeman, Dec 1982
Discusses how people may be interested in other people, events or things but only a few are interested in ideas, and how each group of people tends to view liberty from those perspectives
"These same thinkers recognize that success in the accumulation of wealth does not relate to one’s ability to grab; but in one's ability to attract the patronage he desires because of the merit of his offering. Deserved success is awarded like a prize. The fact that it is deserved is more important than the level of attainment, for such success arrives within the boundaries of freedom."
The Death Wish of the Anarcho-Communists, by Murray N. Rothbard, The Libertarian Forum, 1 Jan 1970
Critique of anarcho-communism, examining its presumed non-coercive nature, and its philosophical and economics orientation
"At the root of all forms of communism, compulsory or voluntary, lies a profound hatred of individual excellence, a denial of the natural or intellectual superiority of some men over others, and a desire to tear down every individual to the level of a communal ant-heap."
The Great Multiplier, by Henry Grady Weaver, The Mainspring of Human Progress, 1947
Excerpt
"Progress toward better living would never have been possible, except through the development of tools to extend the uses of human energy-tools that harness the forces of nature as a substitute for muscular effort. ... The introduction of tools marked the beginning of man's progress in three important directions ..."
Visions and Ideals, by James Allen, As A Man Thinketh, 1984
"He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart will one day realize it ... To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve ... The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream ... Your circumstances may be uncongenial but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to reach it."

Books

Action!: Nothing Happens Until Something Moves
    by Robert Ringer, 2004
Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950
    by Charles Murray, 2003
Million Dollar Habits
    by Robert Ringer, 1990
The Success Formula: Three Timeless Principles That Will Turbocharge Your SuccessAnd Dramatically Improve Your Life [PDF], by Bob Burg, 2003
Winning Through Intimidation
    by Robert Ringer, 1973