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Manufacturing Liberty and Other Stuff

Liberty doesn’t just happen. In fact, it usually doesn’t happen at all. This world is governed by the use of force, be it in the hands of policemen, military, or roving bands of Islamist Militants. To be free, one must create conditions amiable to liberty and manufacture a society strong enough to sustain it. What we are witnessing in America today is the corrosion of those necessary building blocks of liberty.

What are these building blocks?

The first building block of liberty is the idea of equal justice and equal rights. Whatever laws a government enacts are to be applied equally to every citizen (including the politicians themselves) regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, or economic status. Care to imagine how many laws, taxes, and regulations exist in the United States that treat one individual citizen or organization differently under the law?

The second building block of liberty is the idea of Federalism. Federalism is our version of the premise that political power should be as close to “The People” as possible. Cities and Towns should have the majority of the power in this country, followed by the States, and finally by the Federal Government. Centralized government defeats the principle of Federalism, makes States dependent upon the Federal Government, and allows a mere handful of Americans tremendous power over the rest of us.

The third building block of liberty is the idea of Self-Reliance. Self-Reliance is the commitment of each citizen to take responsibility for their own lives, their own finances, and their own security. Without Self-Reliance no freedom is possible. If there is a lack of will to take care of our own lives and if we cannot solve our problems within our own families and communities, then you can be sure that the State and Federal Governments will be there to fill the void.

The forth building block of liberty is the ability to provide for our national security. Regardless how “free” Shi’ite’s in Iraq felt under their new “democratic” government, that freedom isn’t worth a damn if ISIS can simply sweep in and slaughter everyone in their path. A powerful military and a strong economy are essential protections against outside forces meddling in our affairs. Europe’s Natural Gas dependency on Russia has made Europe’s governments subservient to Russia. There isn’t much freedom in that. The crisis on our Southern Border is another example of the necessity of security. This manufactured refugee crisis will affect every State in the Union, because the expense for dealing with the sheer numbers of young children will be astronomical. We will have to spend money fighting old diseases brought here from the third world. We will have to spend money housing, feeding, and dealing with each refugee we allowed to cross our borders. Strong Borders and a solid citizenship program are necessary for the preservation of our freedom.

The fifth and final building block of liberty is the right to private property. This right includes the right to 100% of the money we earn, the right to build and to live on our property as we see fit, and the right to sell our property to others according to private contracts satisfied by mutual consent. Our property and our wealth must remain ours and ours alone. No government or other citizen should have the right to the fruits of our labor. Now, in the early 20th century we moved away from these principles, and every year we’ve had less liberty than the year before. That is not to say that we haven’t also seen great victories for the cause of Liberty in America during this time, especially as we defeated the Democrat Party’s policy of slavery and segregation.

We have given up on most of these principles and the results speak for themselves. If we want to build businesses and communities that reflect our intellect and our values, we must first check with an imperial federal government, a hundred different agencies, the State and their agencies, and our cities and towns to boot. The cost of this level of government and regulation is toxic and obnoxious. The first thing we gave up was Federalism, then our private property, then our self-reliance and our expectation of it, and finally we are witnessing the degradation of our national security and our equal justice and equal rights.

Want to change things? Want to be free? These are the principles necessary to liberty. Without these you will make no headway and day by day you’ll watch as liberty erodes. Freedom isn’t complicated to have, but it requires great discipline. We must reacquire the disciplines we’ve lost and the freedom we’ve abandoned. Liberty does not sustain itself, it must be preserved.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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