Adam Freedman

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Celebrating “Free and Independent States” this 4th of July

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8 Responses to Adam Freedman

  1. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    Thank you. I no longer go to Rico, so this is nice.

    I believe the subject is sort of what we have been talking about here – the ruination of the states and the rise of central authority.

  2. titus says:

    Surely, on the 4th we need to think about how to keep the union together!

    • DevereauxDevereaux says:

      Absolutely. But change the format foisted upon us by the progressives and go back toward individual liberty.

      There is a concomitant responsibility involved which will be harder to see to this narcissistic culture, but I believe it can be done.

    • titus says:

      I think you’re right about the need to show people how individual liberty works–that’s connected both to work, in private life, & to public life, because of individual rights.

      But there is a need for something more–people who learn about individual rights are born into families whose love gives them life & an understanding of what’s good.

      Things have gone so bad that it is going to be difficult to prove to people, in their own communities–wherever they live–that they have some way of getting good things for themselves & helping others. The dignity of work depends on having others with whom to share burdens & gifts. Being an individual human being is not enough…

      This goes to another understanding of politics–which is deeper than making policy or expanding welfare or cutting entitlements & trying to make government solvable. These are, of course, all important things. It would be great if welfare was expanded to whoever needed it, but wherever it was not needed, it was cut. That somehow is not possible–because of partisanship, because of bureaucracy, & for other reasons. You have both people suffering & people committing abuses. But beyond all this is the basic understanding of community that Nanda is talking about–the turn away from policy or partisan opinions to natural associations. You cannot run a nation on those associations–but you cannot have freedom without them. Proving to people that they can work for them is the big thing in the future–that’s the only thing that can take the low classes out of the life of perpetual neediness, both eased & worsened by government–the only way the middle class is going to get its confidence back.

  3. NandaNanda says:

    Bringing forward the notion that responsibilities are concomitant with rights is going to have to be modeled, rather than taught, isn’t it? Subsidiarity comes into play, too; use of the smallest effective unit of organization possible: family, neighborhood, etc.

  4. NandaNanda says:

    Indeed…Thanks for the nudge, M! Working on it now…

  5. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    Titus, I believe you have expressed the basic simplicity AND complexity of freedom. One needs government, yet one cannot trust government. One needs also to have responsibility, not only for oneself but for others. Only when there is a co-operative spirit in a community does it thrive. Too much of Me! Me! Me! will kill any community, no matter how its government is organized. It is, I believe, what the Christian concept of charity aims at.

    There are many things governments must do. These differ with the level of government we speak of. Sometimes it is a question of resources, sometimes one of appropriate exchange. For instance, one does not expect to see the Village of Groton conducting peace treaties with Germany.

    Still, the thread through all this is people. People need to be motivated to care, to worry about others, to look about themselves and not allow government to simply “take” things. It’s how you lose rights.

    Look at the long list of things enumerated in the Declaration. We can accuse our own central government of many of those things now. Problem is, it is us.

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