Libertarian Insight and

Citizenship for a Better World

          This website provides access to the views and activities of Michael S. Wolf, and to many of his sources and collaborators. It is divided generally into sections on politics, philosophy, law practice, and personal interaction. A unifying theme of the site is the intention to develop understanding of libertarian philosophy, ethics, and citizenship.  
          Michael Wolf is a lawyer, libertarian philosopher, and political activist who resides primarily in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and sojourns from time to time in the Hudson Valley of New York.  While practicing law for some 40 years, Wolf has worked to promote libertarian values through litigation, public-interest lobbying, political organizing, election campaigns, public speaking, and private exhortation.  For about 20 years Wolf was an activist and spokesman for the Libertarian Party of Louisiana, though he is no longer involved with that organization except as a registered voter.
Citizenship as a civic virtue springs from the personal values of the citizens.  Michael Wolf, from his formative  christian years to his buddhist maturity, has long been concerned about questions of morality -- what in philosophy is called the field of ethics.  Believing that public morality must be rooted in personal ethics, Wolf often turns to spiritual practice and ethical philosophy for guidance in the development of strategies for social and political change.  In particular, he often applies the practices of buddhism, especially meditation and mindfulness, to the resolution of political conflicts.    

          Ultimately people inhabit the world they make with their ideas and choices.  The factors contributing to personal insight into the nature of existence and experience are also the most powerful factors in the development of civic virtue.  Unless the community is composed of intelligent, healthy people, it will never generate a decent, intelligent government.  MICHAELSWOLF.COM is dedicated to the pursuit of a practical moral vision capable of generating both personal satisfaction and a prosperous, happy community.


          Commentary by Michael Wolf on subjects of current interest can be found from time to time on the Politics, Dharma, and Law pages of MICHAELSWOLF.COM.  Readers are encouraged to respond to the ideas presented on this website with any comments or questions they may wish to submit.  Until an interactive message page has been added to this site, communications can be sent by email to msw@michaelswolf.com

          The forerunner of this site was one called Worldwinds.com, which was initiated, but never completed, by Michael Wolf and Charles Perrodin in 1999 and 2000.  Worldwinds was an effort to generate an international web portal comprising the subject matter of MICHAELSWOLF.COM along with other, more ephemeral material.  Wolf looks forward to the eventual rebirth of Worldwinds.com along with other websites offering diverse forms of practical value to citizens today.