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WELCOME & WARNING – This site is not about, nor does it endorse, political correctness of any kind, or any particular political, religious or social view. It is about Truth. It is about Liberty. It is about Freedom
Liberty and Freedom – What are they? There are certainly conflicting opinions on the nature of freedom so let me be clear, as I welcome you to this discussion, just what the intent and purpose of this site is.
Liberty is the ability to live in a world where all of your natural rights are protected along with those of everyone else. Liberty is living without harming any other person and without being harmed. It is living without having your natural rights, denied, or infringed upon in any way by other people or the government.
And those “Natural Rights”?
According to John Locke and other proponents of freedom, they are the natural desires and wishes of all humanity. Freedom to speak, or not speak, to worship, or not worship to, to conduct commerce, to do nothing, to travel and assemble, to stay home alone, to protect yourself and other innocent persons from aggression…and so on, and so on.
Liberty is a natural condition. Birth in the United States, or some other western democracy, is not required for you to qualify for, or yearn for, freedom. In short, everyone should be free and should want others to be free.
When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the American Declaration of Independence the following:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed…”
He did not specify that those “unalienable rights” applied only to the colonists in America. No rational person would think that only Americans yearn for freedom. All humanity yearns for freedom and those natural rights that come with it. It is what makes us human.
Note that Jefferson did specify that governments are instituted to secure these “Unalienable Rights and derive their power from “the consent of the governed”. Government does not grant these natural rights; it is supposed to protect them.
For the record, these thoughts on freedom and natural rights are not original with me. I refer you to the works of John Locke, Voltaire, Andrew Napolitano, Frederick Hayek and many others. I am merely a student.
Join me at the Liberty Talk page (see the link at the top menu). It is my sincere hope that we will carry the discussion of freedom to many others. Understanding our liberties and what they mean is key to preserving them.