Higher Cause cover

Higher Cause

Table of Contents

Installment 1:
Prologue
Chapter 1. Impending Doom
Chapter 2. Two Brothers with Four Guns
Installment 2:
Chapter 3. A Bleeding-Heart Libertarian
Chapter 4. Mysterious Wealth
Installment 3:
Chapter 5. A Possibility of Fusion
Chapter 6. Recruitment
Chapter 7. Creative Destruction
More…

Higher Cause is an ambitious new project from Laissez Faire Books, a serialized novel with timely sweeping themes, active free-thinking characters, conflicts affecting the world, spies, guns, explosions, new forms of energy, sinister conspiracies, government plots, nationalization, destruction, and hope. Higher Cause is written by an author whose core values dismiss the initiation of force or fraud as an acceptable mode of action. It is libertarian fiction, but not preaching, because it is written by a libertarian thinker who is not a preacher but rather a doctor. I know all this because I am the author of Higher Cause. My name is John Hunt, and it is my desire that we get to know each other in the months ahead.

I wrote Higher Cause to appeal not only to free thinkers who crave knowledge from multiple nonfiction sources — in other words many Laissez Faire readers — but also to appeal to their family members and friends and older children, who may not yet have formulated an internally consistent set of core values that helps them make sense of the world. Fiction brings philosophies to life and provides a framework for understanding what values are worthy of incorporating into oneself. The reading of thoughtful fiction is a useful pursuit at all ages.

Let me be clear: the nonlibertarian will not likely notice the libertarian themes contained in the book. They are for the most part subtle — simply reflecting the integrity and consistency inherent in a well-considered philosophical construct. Higher Cause makes no academic arguments filled with statistics and case studies and historical evidence of the failings of competing political mentalities. Instead, the characters present how government force and fraud has been used by the immoral among us, and show a path by which individuals can help humans as a whole unhoist ourselves from this petard to which most of us unknowingly have contributed gunpowder. Higher Cause begins with the famous British vessel the Bounty. Its trip to Tahiti in 1789 ended in mutiny, but perhaps not for the reasons so many of us have come to believe. The mysterious mission the Bounty was sent furtively to accomplish is a continuous theme throughout the remainder of the book, which takes place in the years 2012 and following, as the central banks and governments of the world have placed the world economy on a loose and shaky high wire on which even the strongest Keynesian thinkers, trained at the most expensive progressive arts colleges, can no longer balance.

Later this week, I would like to begin to introduce you to the characters of Higher Cause who see no need for a high wire, for they have another idea: create wealth. Higher Cause will come to you for free, in 22 installments of roughly 27 pages each, in electronic serialization hosted by the Laissez Faire Blog. Serialization of a novel is nothing new. Dickens published all his great works in this manner. If you join the Laissez Faire Club, you will have the opportunity to read the book much faster, at your own pace, also for free as a benefit of membership.

During this serial publication, I encourage you to write me emails, and I will provide occasional brief insights into how the book came to be.

I hope to see you later in the week when the first installment of Higher Cause is launched.

Best regards,

John Hunt

For a full list of chapters, see the table of contents.

  • RobustPowerful

    Robust, Powerful Americans

    Brad Lemley

    by Brad Lemley
    On Mar 19, 2015

    Introducing Brad Lemley’s Natural Health Solutions

    I always get a thrill when I consider Americans’ astounding, robust health. These quotes paint the picture:

    • “With amazing physical prowess… they go naked in the most burning sun, in winter they go out in early dawn to take a bath, breaking the ice with their body”

    • “The men could run after a deer for an entire day without resting and without apparent fatigue… one man near seven feet in stature… runs down a buffalo on foot and slays it with his knife or lance, as he runs by its side”

    • “Traversed by an arrow… he does not die but recovers from his wound. Read on...

     

  • Outsmart Anyone. Escape Anyplace. Survive Every Time.

    Outsmart Anyone. Escape Anyplace. Survive Every Time.

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 31, 2015

    Don't get caught with your proverbial pants down. Chris Campbell reveals his "secret" training with one former CIA officer, and shows you how to outsmart, escape and survive every time. Read on...

    An article in

  • Feel Empowered. Even When Handcuffed in a Trunk.

    Feel Empowered. Even When Handcuffed in a Trunk.

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 30, 2015

    You never really notice how oddly shaped trunks are unttil you’re in one with handcuffs on. At least, that’s what Chris Campbell says after being shoved into a trunk in Las Vegas. He had three minutes to escape. What happened? Read on…

  • GMOfree

    The Proposed GMO Labeling Law: Good or Bad?

    Nate Rifkin

    by Nate Rifkin
    On Mar 30, 2015

    Living Well covers the latest update in GMO labelling laws, and how a newly proposed law called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act might not be as great as it sounds.

    An article in

  • Great Business Bootstrapper Exposes Himself

    Great Business Bootstrapper Exposes Himself

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 27, 2015

    If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to start a business on a shoestring budget, you’re in luck. Chris Campbell has more...

  • BreakfastIsNot

    Breakfast Is Not Important

    Brad Lemley

    by Brad Lemley
    On Mar 19, 2015

    For my entire long life, I’ve heard mainstream nutrition experts intone, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

    Mainstream nutrition experts aren’t generally known for original thinking, or thinking in general, so it seemed likely to me that this pithy declaration was 1) wrong and 2) cribbed from some old-time food-industry grifter and mindlessly repeated. Read on...

     

  • FoodEnergy

    New Breakthrough for Immediate Energy

    Nate Rifkin

    by Nate Rifkin
    On Mar 27, 2015

    Living Well gets the inside scoop on a new product for instant energy, calmness, and focus. In fact, one of our editors takes it for a personal test-drive.

    An article in

  • IRS Insider Reveals Naked Truth

    IRS Insider Reveals Naked Truth

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 26, 2015

    Think you know about the IRS? Well, according to one IRS insider, you have no clue. Chris Campbell interviews the one and only Gail Dent. She’s an IRS insider with a story to tell. If you pay taxes, you’re not going to want to miss this exclusive interview. Read on...

  • Escape the Featherbed of Civilization

    Escape the Featherbed of Civilization

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 25, 2015

    Deep in the wandering wilderness of the world there exists a strange creature called a “digital nomad.” Chris Campbell captured one in the wild branches of Thailand. In today’s episode, the digital nomad reveals what he is, where comes from, and how you can be one too. Read on…

  • FightFatigue

    Banish Fatigue Instantly

    Jasmine Lemaster

    by Jasmine LeMaster
    On Mar 25, 2015

    If you suffer from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia or just don’t have as much energy as you used to, read on to discover an easy way to banish fatigue in minutes.

    An article in

  • scienceHeadline

    The Science Behind the Headlines

    Jasmine Lemaster

    by Jasmine LeMaster
    On Mar 19, 2015

    Don’t Be Fooled by the Media’s Attention-Grabbing Health Claims

    Headline: Drinking Wine Could Help You Burn Fat, say US researchers

    The truth: Well, not quite.

    This is yet another case in which the media grab a new study and run with it, and not in the right direction. Read on...

     

  • Interview With an Amish Sci-Fi Warrior

    Interview With an Amish Sci-Fi Warrior

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 24, 2015

    Meet Michael Bunker. He’s an accidental Amish father of Amish Sci-Fi. In today’s LFT interview Michael Bunker and Chris talk about living off the grid, self-publishing as Amish, and how to become famous in your niche. Read on…

  • Freedom

    How to Live Free in an Unfree World [Episode One]

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 23, 2015

    “Freedom is the opportunity to live your life as you want to live it.” Sometimes the perfect book falls into your lap at the perfect time. Chris Campbell speaks on freedom and interviews one man who has found freedom in an unfree world. Read on…

  • GroceryStore

    Magnesium Meltdown at the Grocery Store

    Nate Rifkin

    by Nate Rifkin
    On Mar 23, 2015

    Living Well Daily reveals the shocking truth about magnesium supplements, and how you may be getting ripped off. One popular form of magnesium might only be absorbed into your body at a rate of 4%. In today’s issue, you’ll discover which one it is, and a superior alternative.

    An article in

  • 25 MORE Ways to Tangle the Titan

    25 MORE Ways to Tangle the Titan

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 21, 2015

    There are nine rules you need to know to thrive in today’s new economy. Heed them or fall behind. Plus, Chris Campbell shows you 25 more ways to subvert the State. Read on…

  • 25 MORE Ways to Outrun the Ogre

    25 MORE Ways to Outrun the Ogre

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 20, 2015

    It was Archimedes who once said, "Give me a lever long enough, and I'll move the world." Well, if Archimedes were alive today, he'd take one look at the Exponential Organization... and he'd move the world. Read on...

  • HealthyFoods

    Pill Hawkers, Seaweed Chips, and Mr. Ginseng

    Nate Rifkin

    by Nate Rifkin
    On Mar 20, 2015

    What happens when two researchers from Laissez Faire elbow their way through 71,000+ health-obsessed people at the biggest natural ingredient expo in the country? They tested out exercise gizmos, met Mr. Ginseng, and even dressed up in lab gear for a secret project. This premiere issue of Living Well Daily has the details, including photos.

    An article in

  • 25 Even Better Ways to Delete the Beast

    25 Even Better Ways to Delete the Beast

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 19, 2015

    In yesterday’s episode, you received 25 ways to leave Leviathan. Today, we’re back with 25 even better ways to delete the beast. Don’t miss them. Read on…

  • The Singularity of Civil Disobedience

    The Singularity of Civil Disobedience

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 18, 2015

    BREAKING NEWS: Robert Durst did it all for the nookie. The government is experiencing a “death by a thousand cuts.” And you just inherited an immense amount of power to use as you see fit. Pretty eventful day. Read all about it in today’s LFT.

  • Robert Durst Reveals Bright Future For Mankind

    Robert Durst Reveals Bright Future For Mankind

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 17, 2015

    Robert Durst’s arrest is a small part of a much larger trend playing out in the world. And this trend is set to make your life more exciting, fulfilling and awesome. Know how? Read on…

    An article in ,

  • Time to Throw Out All Your "Financial Catastrophe" Books

    Time to Throw Out All Your “Financial Catastrophe” Books

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 16, 2015

    It’s Spring cleaning time. While you’re throwing out all that stuff you hoarded over the past year, go ahead and include all those financial books. You’re only going to need one this year. And, if you act quickly, you can get it for FREE. Read on…

    An article in , ,

  • Fun (and Evil) April Fools Prank + Flip the IRS the Bird

    Fun (and Evil) April Fools Prank + Flip the IRS the Bird

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 13, 2015

    Want to play an evil prank on your friends this April Fools? How about giving the IRS the bird this tax season? If either of these sound good to you, don’t miss today’s Laissez Faire Today. Read on…

  • Obamacare Tax AKA “The Dog That Only Eats Grass”

    Obamacare Tax AKA “The Dog That Only Eats Grass”

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 12, 2015

    Tax Day 2015 is coming up fast. We can feel the collective blood pressure rising. Something must be done… quickly. Or else heads are going to start popping off. Lucky for you, we’re here to help ease some of that pressure. Read on…

    An article in , ,

  • The Insolent Revenue Snatchers! [Scream!]

    The Insolent Revenue Snatchers! [Scream!]

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 11, 2015

    Hong Kong just did the unspeakable… they lowered taxes and gave even more money back to the people. (Gasp!) Meanwhile, the Insolent Revenue Snatchers are stealing money out of regular Americans’ bank accounts. But you don’t have to just sit on your hands and hope it doesn’t happen to you. You can avoid it. Learn how. Read on…

  • Learn to Kill For World Peace

    Learn to Kill For World Peace

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 10, 2015

    Nietzsche gets it. Learning how to kill another human being will make you a more peaceful individual. And Chris Campbell has invited Tim Larkin, founder of Target Focus Training to show you why this is. Read on…

  • Destroy Any Predator in Seconds… With Your Bare Hands

    Destroy Any Predator in Seconds… With Your Bare Hands

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 9, 2015

    Anyone can destroy any thug in seconds. And hit him where he least expects it. Chris Campbell discovered this in one weekend training. Don't take any chances. Learn the secrets today. Read on...

  • Lamborghinis and Galactic Spaceships: Bitcoin Changes Everything

    Lamborghinis and Galactic Spaceships: Bitcoin Changes Everything

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 6, 2015

    There's an invisible digital revolution afoot. And the world is about to become a more prosperous, less corrupted place. Are you prepared? Well, it's time to get ready. Read on...

  • Tinker, Techie, Robot, Drone

    Tinker, Techie, Robot, Drone

    Chris Campbell

    by Chris Campbell
    On Mar 5, 2015

    What does Katy Perry, “Left Shark,” Martha Stewart, and the “Putin Plug” have to do with the future of technology? Chris Campbell peels back the curtain. Read on…