Here it is – January 2009. I’ve been blogging on my very own website almost a year now and have posted over 150 articles on a variety of subjects. What a difference a year makes. This time last year, I did not know what a blog was. For months after I began writing for my blog, I did not read other blogs. I read a lot of books, newspaper articles, magazines, and listened to the TV, however, I only began reading what others wrote on blog sites a few months ago.
I’m amazed at the manner and content plus the amount of writings on blog sites. There is a great deal of informational, educational, and entertaining stuff. But there is also a lot of boring garbage in and garbage out stuff. I’m just now beginning to sort out the very good, intelligent writers from those who use the net to vent using foul language, while writing about abysmal mediocrity… which violates my eleventh commandment; “Don’t bore me.”
Much I write about incorporates the philosophy of Freedom, and in this connection, ones right to be free includes ones right to spend their time writing about anything they choose, as well as ones right to write meaningless boring stuff. I just scan over, click past and say la de da and tut tut.
On the other hand, there is so much available to enjoy on the net – particularly writings by some very smart economists. I became interested in economics way back there in the sixties and seventies. My favorite writers were Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, and my all time favorite writer, Fredrich Bastiat.
For me, one very interesting thing about the articles and comments I read on the Web is the variation, and wide spectrum of ideas on Liberty. The claim of being a Libertarian, covers a multitude of conflicting ideas. The word, “freedom” is used rather sparingly while the word, “libertarianism” is used so loosely to describe subjects in varying degrees. I frequently find myself trying to figure out just exactly what it is that the writer means and is trying to convey. It is sort of like trying to hold on to mercury.
Then there’s the other phrase frequently used instead of freedom, (especially by John Mcain during his bid for the Presidency), and that’s, “love of country.” Sounds patriotic, however, Patriotism is not synonymous with freedom. Love of country and patriotism means to stand by your country.
I for one, spent a great deal of my life being, “patriotic,” having spent twenty four years married to an Air Force officer, who fought through three wars for this country.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Patriotism means to stand by country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by country.”
It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is UNPATRIOTIC not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by country.
In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the President, or anyone else. Save in the rare case where this would make known to the enemy information of military value, which would otherwise be unknown to him.
Words are power, and up until recently, I had always thought that liberty and freedom meant the same thing. However, in the past couple of years, hearing and reading about the word, liberty, used to imply something incommensurate with freedom by many, I’m not sure the words can be used to mean the same thing.
Not all, but some in the Libertarian party, during the recent campaign, expounded on ideas which were not exactly ideas of freedom, in my opinion. Freedom is self-responsibility and self-control. In order to have freedom, one must be able to own property, and ownership of property is a total concept. Not some namby-pamby, ifs, ands, and buts. It is a principle, and a principle can have no exceptions. Not something subject to the whims of different value judgments, that can change with the wind.
Daniel Webster said: “There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange.”
Aside from writing these blog articles for my own enjoyment and pleasure, my purpose is solely, to orient your thinking to this time and the circumstances involved, to either follow conclusions or form your own. As to the meaning of what is taking place regarding individual freedom and private ownership of property rights. Whether or not you realize and recognize, your life is profoundly affected in these two areas. And you have no choice not to be affected. Therefore, how you think, and arrange your life according to the degree of freedom you have or the absence of it, affects the consequence you experience.
“Explanations are like Government, nobody loves them, but a minimum of both is a necessary evil.”
LET FREEDOM RING