The Philosophy of Liberty

As featured on the International Society for Individual Liberty:

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” Our celebrated introduction to the
“PHILOSOPHY OF LIBERTY

If you’re new to libertarianism, our flash animation of “The Philosophy of Liberty” is a delightful introduction to the ideas of liberty. Currently translated into 20 different languages, it is the single most visited resource on this website.”

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A Nation Forged in Hardship

Thanksgiving is usually the day when we give a half-hearted, half-spoken “thanks” for our friends and family, and for some, to our God. But on Thanksgiving Day, we should give thanks to those who gave their lives to settle, create, and protect this nation in the name of liberty. This is a nation forged in hardship, in a long struggle for freedom. Generations of men and women struggled and died (and still do) to achieve this:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

We are privileged to be Americans. Let’s be vigilant, and strive to keep this for future generations.

A neo-con/libertarian riff that will kill the GOP.

Mike Kole has a great post on the war between neo-con/Rawlsian liberal + social conservative/modern Republicans and libertarian/classical libertarians/faux-cons.  Read it here. This is the battle for the “soul” of the GOP.

I maintain that if the GOP continues to deny rights in the name of religion, they will become a permanent minority with my generation. We are entering a time where the media and American popular thought consider being religious (especially Christianity) as insane a belief as 9-11 truthers, and people who believe the free masons control the world. (For the record, I am a believer in Christ and proud of it. I believe 9-11 was as we saw. I also believe that the free mason’s are really just a boy scouts for old men.)

I wrestled for a long while with the question of honoring my religious beliefs by writing it into public policy, but I never could quite accept that I was denying rights to others. You are either denying a person’s first amendment rights, or denying their pursuit to hapiness. Most Americans agree. Most Americans want to be left alone, and want as much of their money as possible.

Unfortunately for the GOP, they couldn’t stop hammering away at the Gay Rights issue. Most under 30 have many gay friends, and are accepting of this different lifestyle. To millenials, the GOP looks bigoted, and hypocritical when it preaches freedom. They also look completely hypocritical when they preach free markets, capitalism, less spending, and less government. See this great break down of Bush’s recent bailout speech by Matt Welch. So there should be no suprise that 80% of my generation voted Democrat, and many others were fans of Ron Paul or Libertarians. 

So if the GOP wants to ever see the majority again, they need to move to a more libertarian stance. Social Conservatives will dwindle as my generation moves up in years. But the GOP has no guts, and are afraid to take a stance on principles. They won’t fight for more freedom and less government, because one isn’t popular with the base (the Christian Right/donor base/talking heads), and the other part isn’t popular with the media. So they don’t want to lose power, and will continue to make mistakes, move left, and be made to look like fools. Principled libertarians like myself will figure it out, get frustrated, and leave in disgust. That is why I believe the Libertarian Party will be competitive with the GOP eventually. The GOP will soon be considered the whigs.

On the End of America

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been scared to death recently by the prospect of a Great Depression Two. I’ve found myself waking up an hour early, staring at the ceiling, wondering if all of this could be true. It is more selfish than anything. I don’t want to give up my comfort.

I am not going to pretend like I know. I am not going to assign blame. I am not going to interject politics, because this is possibly a moment in America equal to, or bigger, than 9-11. I am comforted by one thought, and I am wondering if you feel the same:

Thousands of generations of men and women have fought, struggled, and bled to achieve the freedom and greatness of this country. Our nation was a nation born out of hardship. We have endured hardship, and have survived. If we are to face another hardship, the greatness of the American people will see it through as they always have.

We have to be vigilant. We can’t make the mistakes of other countries, and put our faith in politicians, businessmen, or those who promise to release the pain. Cycles in life, economies, and societies cannot be tamed, and we cannot fix what cannot be corrected by man. We have to hang together, or hang separately.

We have to honor what societies have worked towards for thousands of years: the freedom to pursue our own life, liberty, and hapiness. It’s written into our social contracts, the Declaration and the Constitution. It says that our freedom and liberty comes something bigger than ourselves. It is a right that we cannot create for ourselves, but also reminds us that it is only US who can take it away.

If we aren’t about to suffer a great depression, or total collapse, let’s be thankful for the brush that reminds us that this country isn’t perfect; that we CAN fail as a nation. If we do collapse or suffer hard times, lets keep a watch on those who say they’ll protect us. Those are usually the one’s who take it all from us. Our leader is the Constitution, the Declaration, and the spirit of freedom that is written within.