Happy New Year, All. My favorite part of this time of year is the sense of renewal and newness it brings. Old habits can be let go and new ones formed to open ourselves to a new life and greater aspirations.
Some of my new aspirations involve this blog. Writing each weekday for two years has been a wonderful experience, steeling me in the discipline of regular writing. It has also helped me realize that I want to do more to engage readers in thinking about the principles behind libertarianism.
I have decided to commit to writing a book bearing the same title as my blog: Common Sense Liberty. Given my professional obligations, I cannot write a blog every day and also write a book. Therefore, starting now, I will blog once a week on Wednesdays instead of daily.
The blog will remain essentially the same, a look at current topics from the perspective of limited government. The book will delve deeper into the philosophy, history, and current thinking behind libertarianism. It will not be a purely “academic” work, so those of you who just had disturbing flashbacks of being forced in school to read impenetrable passages written by long-dead scholars may rest easy.
I was talking to my good friend Stephen King* the other day, and he made a marvelous suggestion.”Why don’t you release it in pieces, like The Green Mile?” This made perfect sense to me, and I have decided to write and release chapters of Common Sense Liberty one by one. Each will be available on Amazon and perhaps other outlets for $.99 each.**
This new plan will remain in effect at least until December 21, 2012. On December 22, if the Mayans got it right and the world has ended, none of this will matter much. If we have undergone a transformation into beings of pure light, I will need to figure out how to type without having a corporeal existence.
Either way, I want each of you to know how much I appreciate your readership and your thoughtful comments. I hope the book inspires the same level of thought and earnest consideration of libertarian ideas. See you Wednesday.
*The taxidermist, not the author.
**Current estimate infers no long-term obligation on pricing. Those wishing to pay more than the stated price at a given time may do so without interference from the author.