Monday, December 5, 2016

On Freedom

What is freedom? Freedom in the political sense means freedom from government coercion. It does NOT mean freedom from an employer, from a landlord, freedom from the laws of supply and demand, or freedom from the laws of nature, laws which do not guarantee prosperity to every man. It is the freedom to create your own path and benefit from it. It is the freedom to share those benefits if you choose to, not because you are forced to. It is the freedom to FAIL.

It means freedom from the coercive power of the state. Freedom to use your abilities the best you can to craft a life for yourself to the best of your ability. It means freedom to protect that which you have earned, from other people, in a manner that's true to the Constitution that founded this country. It means freedom to own a weapon responsibly. Certainly, if some people that didn't get elected had their way, I wouldn't own a gun, making it even easier for someone to take what I have at the point of theirs, be it literally or figuratively.

The American political system was not based on "redistributing wealth". It was based on a moral principle that defined what made America great; on the principle of man's inalienable right to his own life - meaning, the principle that man has the right to exist for his own sake. Not sacrificing himself or his or her family to others by force nor sacrificing others to himself without free will. Social interactions are not done by handouts but by trading, men dealing with others as traders, by voluntary choices to mutual benefit.


What all of this "sharing the wealth" appears to me to be is a social system based on an altruist type society, with its forced code of self-sacrifice, rather than the building of individual wealth, the antithesis of capitalism. It is socialism, which, in all it's mutated forms, treats us as a sacrificial animal to be plundered for the benefit of the group, the tribe, the state.  You have to look at Venezuela right now to see how well that has worked, while the wealthy are gorging themselves at the country club on gourmet foods while the middle and upper middle class can't even find bread without looking for hours, and there's no medicine for the simplest of illnesses.

The American economy was not built up by "giving it away". What is unique in America is we were the first to use the phrase "to make money". No other language has that phrase used in that manner, in history, men had always thought of riches as a static quality to be seized, begged inherited, shared or looted, or obtained as a favor. Americans were the first to truly grasp that wealth has to be created. Created with the efforts of individuals, who improved our world through hard work, and effort and earned money from it as a byproduct.

If we forget that, no matter what our political persuasion, we have no one to blame but ourselves for the inevitable outcome.
- Brigid

16 comments:

  1. The tension between security/immediate gratification and freedom is not new.

    In Genesis Chapter 25:30-34 (...and Esau) "sold his birthright unto Jacob."

    Not too many parents name their children "Esau".

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  2. It's too bad that govt's can't figure this out.

    Merle

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  3. Very well said. Decisions have consequences, and far too many are never taught that.

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  4. It's sad that some would not see the forest for the trees, and that they would drag down others in a vain attempt to pull themselves up.

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  5. "What's mine is mine until you convince me to voluntarily give it to you." is a hard lesson to impart to a toddler. It's disheartening that my college freshman is having issues convincing other young adults that it still holds true.

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  6. It's both sad and angering that 'adult' people cannot accept that not all will believe in lock-step, and that FREEDOM is the best possible goal!
    Thank you for inviting me.

    gfa

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  7. Agreed . . . I suspect it's the freedom to FAIL that does the most to build a dependence on a "benevolent" government to "protect" folks afraid of such an outcome.

    Thanks for the invite, I enjoy your writings very much!!

    Hoping you and your hubby have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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  8. Doggone trolls!

    Thanks for the invite, oh and "Hi Tam!"

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  9. Sorry about your having to take the blog private. I'm honored to have been invited into your sanctum. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Thank you for inviting me to continue sharing your space here. Hate that "people" can't be trusted to behave well enough to let you do what you do in peace, though.

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  11. Dan,
    I too am sorry that you have had to go "Invited Only" with your blog. I am pleased that I was invited though. Hope you and your family have a great holiday season through Christmas< New Years and beyond. Appreciate your loved ones Brigid they can be gone in a minute.

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  12. Sorry to hear that you had to go private with the blog, but grateful for the invite.

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  13. I'm sorry to hear about the trolls, and thank you for inviting me in.

    Some people wonder why I keep my blog/online life and professional life separate.

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  14. sorry to hear about the trolls. Glad to be among the invited. Do we need to have a word with the offending party/parties?

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  15. Thanks for the offer but it's strangers. One of my regular readers made the mistake of thinking he could "re-educate" some local liberal educators by sending them a copy of my blog. BIG mistake. I shut it down before they do more than leave a nasty comment (i.e. troll the books) which happened when I didn't want to play with a mentally unstable person on the blog in the past - they just told me to F off and left a 1 star review up on Amazon (you really should change your name if you're going to do that)

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