For those of you not aware, in 1877 a Jewish eye doctor in what is now Poland invented a language designed to be easy to learn with the intend of removing the language barrier that so often leads to hate and distrust. He designed it as an auxiliary language intended to supplement, not replace, native languages and hopefully reduce conflict. I welcome you to check out the full history here:
Or if you just want the video summary, a Ted Talk here:
Spoiler: the Nazi’s didn’t like Esperanto because it was an international movement and it missed being an officially recognized universal language in the League of Nations by ONE vote!
I’ve heard theories that one reason Esperanto “failed” was because international harmony and peace was not a big enough seller to get people interested in learning it. It couldn’t compete with strong cultural traits like French food, American Rock and Roll, Japanese anime, etc.
But if ever there was a community that cared about peace and harmony, it is the Liberty Movement here in New Hampshire. WE can adopt Esperanto and give it a culture. Not to mention, link up with the millions of speakers that are a least a little interested in international cooperation. They are leaning away from Nationalism and are probably Voluntaryists and they don’t even know it.
And it is a fun language to learn on Duolingo. Learning it will cut years off your learning time for any other language you are interested in.
FYI, I’m building an Esperanto club in Manchester. We meet at the Bridge Cafe at 1PM on the last Sunday of every month.