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Goldwater Speechwriter, Karl Hess Explains Industrial Incubators & the Role of Community

Karl Hess: The Role of Community in the Commitment to Liberty

The excerpt below starts at 10:12 and concisely articulates one of my grandest and most dearest ideas. I have several others! :) I've always wanted to help people start businesses, even before I was involved in the Liberty Movement. I stumbled across this video on my FB news feed, originally posted by this page.

I felt the need to transcribe this excerpt below because I've been dreaming up this idea for a long time, and imagine all the time and resources we'd have to promote liberty if all of us were millionaire entrepreneurs! Imagine the example we could set for our friends and family. Imagine the possibilities of combining all our resources to free ourselves and our communities.

Maybe I'll start a Kickstarter. How much do you think this would cost to pull off? I'm thinking Austin, TX would be perfect.

But at any rate, for the rational, is to get into any sort of business or industry. Even if you write books about pure theory, that occurs to me it is probably a chastening and useful experience to start a business or an industry. Now among...well, I'll give you an example of what I think is probably a tactical error.

Charles Koch, who is certainly identified as a libertarian, has spent God knows how much money on what he believes to be the propagation of a theory.

I think he could have better spent that money, quite frankly, in setting up something that a fellow once described to me as a useful idea. Bill Lear, as a matter of fact, said that he thought it'd be a good idea to have a place somewhere, it could be called an industrial incubator, started with some seed money. It would be a place where people with good industrial ideas could go, have access to first class machinery, develop the ideas, put them into production and sales, become rich, and then put some of the money back into the industrial incubator.

If Charles Koch had spent as much money backing libertarian businesses as in backing publications and candidacies for the Presidency, I suspect the entire cause of libertarianism would be a lot farther ahead than it is today.

California, I've always thought, that there is a beginning of some possibilities along these lines. Many libertarians that I've known out there, have clustered their businesses together in, sort of mall-like areas. I would very much like to see a libertarian industrial park someday. It wouldn't cost all that much would it?

But it'd be nice if a number of libertarian businesses could be together, because that feeling of community, the strength you get from sharing ideas with other people, and the palpable demonstration of libertarian activity seems to me would have an interesting affect on the countryside.

Karl Hess: The Role of Community in the Commitment to Liberty

Who is Karl Hess?
Karl Hess (May 25, 1923 – April 22, 1994) was an American national-level speechwriter and author. He was also a political philosopher, editor, welder, motorcycle racer, tax resister, atheist, and libertarian activist. His career included stints on the Republican right and the New Left, the latter coincident with his embrace of market anarchism. As a speechwriter for Barry Goldwater, Hess explored ideology and politics and attracted some public interest. He was widely considered to be the author of the famous Goldwater line, "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

Who is Bill Lear?
William (Bill) Powell Lear (June 26, 1902 – May 14, 1978) was an American inventor and businessman. He is best known for founding the Lear Jet Corporation, a manufacturer of business jets. He also invented the first car radio and developed the 8-track cartridge, an audio tape system which was widely used in the 1960s and 1970s.

Who is Charles Koch
Charles de Ganahl Koch (born November 1, 1935) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries Inc., the second-largest privately held company by revenue in the United States according to a 2010 Forbes survey. As of October 2012, Charles was ranked the 6th richest person in the world with an est. net worth of of $37.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He was ranked 18th on Forbes World's Billionaires list of 2011 (and 4th on the Forbes 400), with an estimated net worth of $25 billion, deriving from his 42% stake in Koch Industries. His brother David H. Koch, also owns 42% of Koch Industries, and serves as Executive Vice President. The brothers inherited the business from their father, Fred C. Koch, and have since expanded the business to 2,600 times its inherited size. Originally involved exclusively in oil refining and chemicals, Koch Industries has expanded to include process and pollution control equipment and technologies, polymers and fibers, minerals, fertilizers, commodity trading and services, forest and consumer products, and ranching, producing a wide variety of well-known brands, such as Stainmaster carpet, Lycra fiber, Quilted Northern tissue and Dixie paper products.


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It would probably cost...

You could probably get started for a few million if you didn't have anything to begin with. I actually have a 50' x 100' shop on about 3 acres, but it's down in deep South Texas in a really small town, and it would need a lot of work. It's also got living quarters and sits right on a major US highway.

I think we'd need computers and office equipment, all types of design software, plastic injection molding machinery and mold making capabilities, CNC machines, lathes, mills, welding and steel working equipment, presses, 3D printers, plasma cam (google it!), and other manufacturing equipment to make anything we want. We could even have a classroom for workshops about starting and running small home businesses.

I work for an architectural metal products manufacturer and I'm always seeing these types of machines being auctioned off from failed businesses in random emails that I get.

I have to checkout what kind of projects raise this kind of money on Kickstarter...I mean just imagine, it's like step two of Kickstarter! So now that you raised a little money, you have access to all the things to actually make a prototype, or fully manufacture it!

It could even have some storage buildings wired for electricity in the back to rent out to small businesses who need a place to operate their business.

It's ambitious, I know, but I really feel there's a HUGE demand for wanted to learn how to start a business. I not even close to an expert on running a business, but one day I'll have a successfull one!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


Goldwater Speech Writer

Looks interesting. Will read later and visit DPer's website. But the extremism-no-vice, moderation-no-virtue line is infamous? I'd say that line is famous. It's powerful. Can't forget it, either.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton F. Dutton


Thanks! Copy and paste error from Wikipedia! Subtle huh?! Makes a big difference! I should have read it a little closer, but I guess I glossed over it, however it gives me an excuse to post this. It's pretty much a requirement for me now to post it every time I hear the word infamous! :)

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


More than Famous

"This man El Guapo isn't just famous, he's in famous."

lol. Thanks for the laugh, Rob.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton F. Dutton

I changed the title...

I changed the title from "Karl Hess: The Role of Community in the Commitment to Liberty" to "Goldwater Speechwriter, Karl Hess Explains Industrial Incubators & the Role of Community".

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!