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For over 25 years, Agora Financial, a subsidiary of Agora Inc., has been a leading innovator in the financial publishing industry. Not only have our economic forecasts been uncannily accurate, but we’ve consistently beaten the mainstream financial media to the punch.
Agora Financial readers were aware of the housing bubble, the credit bubble, the excesses underlying the Panic of ’08, the pending collapse of Lehman Bros. and the bankruptcy of American Airlines well before they happened — and in many cases, were able to prosper while other investors got blindsided.
Executive publisher Addison Wiggin, a New York Times best-selling author and the driving force behind the critically acclaimed documentary film I.O.U.S.A, and our editorial team continue to challenge traditional publishing outlets by offering irreverent, insightful commentary where others fear to tread.
Agora Financial editors’ consistent ability to stay ahead of the mainstream has earned recognition from dozens of media sources, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times and others.
Located in Historic Mount Vernon, Baltimore, Maryland
Agora Financial’s parent company, Agora Inc., was founded in 1979 and made the move to historic Mount Vernon district of Baltimore in 1994. Throughout the years, founder Bill Bonner and Agora Inc. have received many preservation awards. Today, Agora Inc. occupies eight buildings in the Mount Vernon area, including Agora Financial headquarters at808 St. Paul St.
The 808 St. Paul St. location was originally built as two separate homes in the 1850s. Later, the homes were merged, and in the 1920s, the building became the temple of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America. This was the first Grand Lodge of the state of Maryland and served as their headquarters until the 1950s.
After that, 808 became the Midtown Home, a home for aged and infirm patients. A large rear wing was added to house more occupants, but this was damaged in a fire. During the building’s renovations, the wing was demolished to return the house to its original form.
Laissez Faire Books
Laissez faire is a French term meaning “let them be.” It has, for more than a century, referred to the belief that an individual is best equipped to solve their own problems and create a more prosperous society, while bureaucratic mandates and top-down control tend to make problems worse.
True to that tradition, our goal is to help you learn the laissez faire philosophy from some of the best philosophers, academics, and advocates of liberty who ever lived — and to show you how to apply those ideas with actionable strategies and tips on getting government out of your life.
Laissez Faire Books has a long and storied history that started in 1972 when founders John Muller and Sharon Presley opened a little libertarian bookstore in Greenwich Village. The official opening was attended by many local libertarian writers, including Murray Rothbard, Roy A. Childs, Jr., and Jerome Tuccille.
The store sold libertarian, political philosophy, and anti-authority thought from Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, Albert Jay Nock, Alexander Berkman, and Peter Kropotkin, as well as anarchists Lysander Spooner and Karl Hess.
As the years passed, Laissez Faire Books changed locations and ownership, but the core independent ideals never wavered.
As the business changed hands and moved around the country to San Francisco, Phoenix, and, finally, its current resting place, Baltimore, so changed the method of selling its ideas…
From a brick-and-mortar bookstore business in the ’70s to an online Web-focused business in the 2000s.
Then on March 17, 2011, Agora Financial LLC, a publisher of books and newsletters on economics and investments, acquired Laissez Faire Books from the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL).
Still to this day, the ideals set forth by the founders of the little bookstore in 1972 are defended voraciously.
We simply defend them in a different way—through newsletters.
In August 2013, the Laissez Faire Letter was launched. True to its roots, the monthly newsletter attracts individuals willing to take action to live a more self-reliant and independent life.
This version of the business again changed to meet the needs of its readers, providing actionable solutions to overreaching government and its cozy relationship with big Wall Street banks and other industries.
Today, the Laissez Faire family has expanded to include additional newsletters. These include:
Spy & Survival Briefing, written by former CIA officer Jason Hanson, whose mission is to provide readers with the knowledge and the skills to protect themselves and their family in the face of danger, economic turmoil, natural disasters, and more…
With every newsletter, the business finds an opportunity to spread the ideas that are important to us, as they were to the founders.
Although the ideas may seem varied, each and every one of our newsletters is designed to bring freedom, reliance, and self-sufficiency into every sphere of your life.
That includes your health, your wealth, and your safety.
Although we no longer have a book store, our founders’ ideals are present in every newsletter we publish.
And as the Laissez Faire family continues to grow, we are committed to ensuring that this remains true.
Director, Laissez Faire Club
Natural Health Response:
Natural Health Response is written by Brad Lemley, an investigative journalist specializing in health and wellness research.
Natural Health Response is committed to revealing the truth about your health, and giving you the tools that you’ll need to regain and keep control of it.
Brad tackles the biggest threats to your health today, as well as simple, inexpensive, natural ways to achieve and maintain robust well-being.
As a lifelong science writer and investigative reporter for some of the nation’s most respected publications, he is never swayed by biased information from Big Food and Big Pharma.
He goes directly to the source — the best scientific studies on what actually works.
From information on how to identify and avoid GMO foods (and why doing so is crucial)… what kind of diet you truly need to lose weight and maximize performance (it’s quite different from what you’ve been told for decades)… How to avoid (and cure) today’s most threatening disease… The terrible impact stress can have on our lives, and the best ways to relieve it… and more. He personally stands behind everything that he writes, and lives the life he writes about.