What do you believe? Why do you believe it? Is it true or propaganda? Do you know the difference? How would you know? If you live in the U.S. of A., do you consider yourself free? If so, why? If not, why not? What are the major influences of your worldview? Do you know? If not, don’t you think it might be a good idea to know?
If you attended public school, it is vitally important to recognize how much that can influence one’s worldview. Not only in what we believe but in the ingrained trust in the source of our teaching. It becomes second nature to not only accept but to defend the viewpoints ingrained in us by government institutions, beginning with school at a young age.
Once the hook is set, it is much easier to continue to reel in the masses, to instill a mindset that ultimately looks to government for everything. It almost doesn’t matter which major political party one aligns with, the results are primarily the same. The parties may differ here and there on particular issues, but share in the desire to control.
For those who truly care about liberty, we need to beware of the tyrannies perpetrated by both major parties. This is where libertarianism sets itself apart. Rather than promoting the use of government force to ensure pet policies, the libertarian stance is to seek genuine freedom. This entails efforts not to reform certain laws but to embrace the idea of eliminating them altogether.Rather than promoting the use of government force to ensure pet policies, the libertarian stance is to seek genuine freedom. This entails efforts not to reform certain laws but to embrace the idea of eliminating them altogether. Click To Tweet
Two Critical Questions Regarding Freedom
In the following article, the example of slavery is used. Does it really make much sense to reform slavery? How worthwhile or moral is that? If we believe slavery is inherently wrong, we should strive to eliminate it, not just modify it. If we take an honest look at our government, we should be able to say the same thing about most of what it does.
Conservatives and liberals alike (and even some libertarians) have devoted considerable time, energy and political capital to reforms. Such as: welfare reform, regulatory reform, criminal justice reform, income tax reform, drug war reform, monetary reform, Social Security reform, Medicare reform, foreign policy reform, education reform ad infinitum.
There are two critically important questions that I believe should be discussed and debated all across America, particularly in the context of the 2020 political races: What does it mean to be free? And what is the legitimate role of government in a free society?
“Why are these two questions so critically important?
“First, in order to achieve a genuinely free society, it is necessary for Americans to come to the realization that they are not genuinely free, no matter how much they might believe they are.
“Second, once people realize that they aren’t free, then they have to make the choice whether they want to be free.
“Third, if they want to be free, an understanding of the legitimate role of government in a free society becomes imperative.”
Read this in full at Adhering to Principle to Achieve Liberty, Part 1.