Jonathan Gullible, the musical!

Lyudmila Melnikova from Karaganda, Kazakhstan directed and composed a rendition of The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free-Market Odyssey. The book was written by economist Ken Schoolland.    

The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: Episode 2 – The Tall Tax

Another episode of Jonathan Gullible has been produced. In this episode, Jonathan Gullible meets a man crawling on his knees to avoid the “tall tax”. Jonathan says, “That must hurt!” The man says, “Yeah, but it hurts more not to.” This is the second cartoon episode in a series being produced by Liberty International. Joe Kent helped to animate the characters, with voice-over help from Ken Schoolland, and students at Hawaii Pacific University. Ken Schoolland is also the author of Jonathan Gullible: a Free Market Odyssey, available here! Please feel free to re-post or share!

Cartoon: The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible Episode 1

The first episode of the Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey Written by Ken Schoolland Animation by Joe Kent Purchase the book here.   TROUBLEMAKERS From The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey By Ken Schoolland   As you may recall, we last left Jonathan Gullible on a remote Pacific island after his boat was blown far off course by a terrific storm.   While Jonathan was wandering along a trail through a thickly wooded area, he was suddenly brushed aside by a gang of men who were dragging a young woman down the trail. Feeling helpless, Jonathan ran up the trail to find assistance.   He finally found a group of people who were gathered around a tree trunk and beating it with large sticks.  Jonathan ran over to the person who seemed to be in charge and said:   Jonathan:         Please, sir, I need your help in rescuing a woman who’s in some terrible trouble.   Man:         That woman who was just arrested? Don’t give her a second thought.   Jonathan:         She was arrested? What was her crime?   Man:         She was arrested for threatening the jobs of all the men who are working here.   Jonathan:         Really? How did she do that?   Man:         As you can see, we work at knocking down trees by beating them with these sticks. Sometimes a hundred people can knock down a good-sized tree in less than a month. But this woman came to work this morning with a sharp metal piece attached to the end of her stick. She outraged the others by cutting a tree down in less than one hour—all by herself! Such a threat to our traditional employment had to be arrested.   Jonathan:         But won’t her invention of sharp-metal-on-a-stick allow people of all …

Ninth Edition of Jonathan Gullible Completed

Tomislav Krsmanovic has just completed publication of his ninth edition of The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible for the Balkan region. He is a great hero of freedom in a very tough part of the world. For his tireless efforts for liberty, The International Society for Individual Liberty (now renamed Liberty International) presented Tomislav with the prestigious Bruce Evoy Torch of Freedom Award. Tomislav writes: “Right now I called again Santa Nikola, the book was printed two weeks ago, he did not have time to post it to USA yet, but he promised me to do it this week. I am happy that I have once again contributed to the libertarian project. I want to continue our libertarian adventure–my life is so similar to the life of Jonathan Gullible, but on the local way. I believe that all those who collaborated around the globe or who read the book, are slowly coming to the same conclusion–that their lives are also similar to Jonathan’s. Nor do I mean that my life is something unusual, or that I am a special person, Jonathan is universal, a global phenomenon of modern civilization. My dream is to buy from my brother his house in the village Uzovnica and there to develop new libertarian projects. With the best greetings.”

Interview with Riya Basnet and Nisha Niraula

Riya Basnet and Nisha Niraula are young leaders in the liberty movement in Nepal.  They are involved with Students for Liberty, Women for Liberty, and published the first Braille edition of Jonathan Gullible.  They spoke with Joe Kent at the World Conference on Market Liberalization in Bali in July, 2015. Joe: Can you talk about the Women for Liberty Project? Nisha: A year ago, we did the campaign, and we specifically focused on women.  We went to the rural areas of eastern Nepal.  We tried to explain our program to the rural area.  But before moving to that grassroot level, we conducted seminars in the four walls of the room.  But while conducting seminars, we found that the main issue, main problems, are in the area where the women are facing problems. Joe: What kinds of problems are they facing? Nisha: Women are dominated by society, dominated by norms, they are intervened by societal norms, their families and such.  Women in rural areas want to work outside — going beyond the boundry of their home because of the dominance of the family. Joe: So your talking about women in rural areas are oppressed right now, and you’re trying to spread the message about liberty, and more power for women?” Riya: Yes.  These women they save certain savings, but they don’t know where to invest it.  So first of all we did research.  We found out what are the major problems that are hindering them to go out and work for themselves.  So we decided to conduct a workshop where we invited local female entrepreneurs . . . and we helped these women to know about what to do about their savings, how to invest it. Joe: What does investment look like in rural areas? Riya: Like small shops, like tea …

Braille Edition of Jonathan Gullible in Nepal

Riya Basnet and Nisha Niraula report, “The books have just arrived and we will be giving out our braille books to the Blind Girls Hostel. There are 25 of them. Also they want us to orient them about the stories inside the book and help them learn about liberty. So, Nisha and I will give them some classes on The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey after they get the books. Here are some pictures attached of the books and of our publishers.” These women, truly great champions of liberty, have also done many other projects to empower women and children in Nepal through their leadership in Students for Liberty. Despite their many efforts to help rebuild after the recent tragic earthquake, Riya and Nisha continue to proceed with projects for liberty they started last year. We are seeking donations to help them attend the World Conference Bali 2015 to present these books to the conference and to tell their story. Articles about their work are posted by The ISIL – International Society for Individual Liberty: and  

Children’s musical production of Jonathan Gullible in Kazakhstan

ISIL funds supported the making CD’s for the children’s musical production of stories from The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible. Lyudmila Людмила Мельникова and Pavel Koktyshev have accomplished a magnificent success in Kazakhstan. Along with the internet distribution, these CD’s are going to schools throughout the member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), formerly of the Soviet Union: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In August, Lyudmila will be presenting the theatrical performance in Finland, introducing the play to a music festival competition of European theater for youth. The play has already been performed in numerous schools and on television in cities of Kazakhstan and today I enjoyed a special performance at Kenesary St. School in Astana. Pavel was instrumental in bringing the book to Kazakhstan and to Lyudmila who became fascinated with the concept. Lyudmila composed the music and script, and directed the performance with a cast of 15 children and the musical and video production. Pavel arranged a press conference at the World Anti-Crisis Conference for the public release of the CD. Pavel and Lyudmila have shown me around Astana. Yesterday we visited a monument which memorializes a third of the Kazakh population that perished under Stalin’s collectivization famine in the 1930’s. It is a stark reminder of reasons to remain diligent to the cause of advancing liberty everywhere. Children everywhere are our future. [justified_image_grid preset=13 ids=”3177, 3178, 3179, 3180, 3176″]

ISIL President nominated for Cato Prize

We are happy to announce a milestone nomination from Mark Skousen, who is a foremost leader of the liberty movement! Skousen is the Founder of Freedom Fest (the largest annual gathering of free market minds), the Editor of Forecasts & Strategies (a leading investment newsletter), currently featured in Forbes magazine for a revolutionary new analysis of national income and expenditures. Additionally, he was the former President of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE, the nation’s oldest free market think tank). [testimonial name=”Mark Skousen” site=”Forecasts & Strategies” url=””]The Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty is presented every other year by the Cato Institute (a FreedomFest sponsor) to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the freedom movement. You can nominate your favorite candidate. The Friedman Prize winner will be announced next year and the award presented at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on May 21, 2014. Personally, I recommend Ken Schoolland, professor of economics at Hawaii Pacific University, whose book “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible” has been translated into 50 languages. I consider it the best introduction to free-market economics ever invented. It’s fun to read for both young people and those of us with a Ph. D. in economics. Ken also hosts the Liberty Camps in Eastern Europe and China every year and is a regular at FreedomFest. [/testimonial] If you too think that ISIL President Ken Schoolland is worthy of this prize, then feel free to put him down in a: [button url=”” style=”green” size=”large”] Nomination for the Milton Friedman Prize [/button] Jonathan Gullible, which is now has 73 publications in 48 languages, 3 audio books, 3 plays touring Eastern Europe and Africa, and even more books, plays, musicals and even an animated film in progress! Trying not to toot our horn too much further—it has also racked up …