I receive a tremendous amount of material via the internet every day, as I’m sure others must also.  I’m amazed at the number of people who misunderstand the meaning of freedom. There are a lot of sterile dogma, intellectual cowardice and lifeless doctrines. However there are a few brave smart writers who do understand. Mostly those who comprehend the meaning are bloggers. Anyone who is sincerely interested in learning about this very important part of their lives, has an opportunity to learn from these writers who can teach them about it.

 

Everyone is born with a God-given right to be free. Along with a right to life, one has a right to be free which comes from our Creator. I begin with that premise.  Some may wish to argue with that, or disagree, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s not up for debate. And if one does not accept that premise, then I suggest you read no further.

 

 

Some think freedom is a way of life to do as they choose with no boundaries nor respect for the lives and property of others. Some think it’s an abstract intellectual concept. Some suggest it only exists under imposed man-made laws. And the core of it is a strict enforcement of governmental regulation. There are those who vehemently deny we have a right to have it at all. And have decided it is worthless to even mention the word any longer.

 

 The question is do you have it? Do you want it? And can you define it.

 

I personally accept the definition that it is, ‘self-responsibility and self-control, no more and no less than just that. Neither license nor anarchy.” But that definition tells us very little about it. Inherent in that definition is a great deal more to understand and apply.

 

In the absence of a definition, it is possible to experience it. However, to understand it, one needs to know some fundamental issues involved.  First, one must understand a bit about our very nature as a member of the Homosapian species. Beginning with, how do we exist?

 

We must have food, clothing, and shelter to live. To have these things we must destroy. Do things like chopping down a tree to build a house, kill a fish to eat, sheer a sheep for wool.  Destroy the cotton ball to make thread for cloth, cut down the grain to make wheat, pull the corn of the stalk to feed the cow and on and on, we must destroy things in one form to utilize for another purpose to exist. Therefore by our very nature we are destroyers.

 

 Accordingly, if we have a right to live, we have a right to destroy to sustain that life. However, there are limitations to that right to destroy. We do not have a right to destroy that which belongs to another human being without consent of the owner.

 

This brings us to ownership.  So what is ownership?  That which has a boundary; that you control and have a right to destroy. You can’t own anything you can’t destroy, and can’t own anything that does not have a boundary.

 

You may think you own the house you live in, but you really don’t because you can’t put on a new roof, add a deck, or tear it down without getting permission from someone else. Someone you may not even know nor who has ever paid a cent on it. In essence you are really just a sharecropper.

 

When you pull thru the drive-in window, pay for a hamburger, drive off eating it, you do own it, because you are destroying it.

 

These may sound like ridiculous over-simplifications, but necessary to understand if you expect to understand freedom.

 

One must understand ownership of property to understand freedom.  Plus a number of other things like rights to organization and contractual agreements. Understanding of basic concepts of economics.

 

Let’s just assume you already understand conceptually that individuals have  a right to own property,  must absolutely be able to own property to exist.

 

What happens if another violates your rights and decides to arbitrarily take what you have, against your will and without your permission? We call that stealing, thievery, looting, plunder. At what point is it thievery?  When it is taken in violation of the will of the owner.

 

Can thievery ever by justified?  Not ever! If it can be justified in one case it can be justified in any case.

 

We can claim stealing as an immoral act, based upon the nature of our existence and requirements for ownership, and spelled out in such great moral guides as The Ten Commandments and in the Declaration of Independence.

 

Now we come to political government and the role it plays in our lives. This country was established with a Constitution, outlining the role of government, and certain rights of individuals. Keep in mind no government ever has anything until it first takes from someone. By taking I mean it arms itself with weapons and laws.

 

All man-made laws run parallel with natural laws, i.e. Universal Law or it is in opposition to it. If it is commensurate with universal law, it would appear to be unnecessary, and if contradictory to it would be in violation of it.

 

Hypothetically, government was instituted for the protection of one’s life and property. But in practice has become the destroyer of both

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Political government is a thief with a gun. It takes from producers and redistributes to non-producers, after creaming of the top to feather the nest of the takers. It began small but today has reached such awesome power and control over the lives and property of 300 million people, individual freedom and personal property rights have been so overtaken, those two things are now more fictional than reality.

 

It has been accomplished by a methodology of stealing, looting, thievery, or legal plunder, call it what you will, it’s a system that takes ones property in violation of the will of the owner.

 

As I see it, it really began back in 1913 when the graduated income tax was put in motion by congress. Almost one hundred years ago. Almost five generations ago.  It appears the 6th generation will be living under such a heavy imposed debt and a system of socialism, individual freedom and private ownership of property will only be something they read about.

 

In this beautiful vast country of the United States, with unlimited resources, populated with very intelligent people, how did we allow this to happen?

 

Why did we flock to the voting booth to elect men and women to do this to ourselves and future generations? Just where along the line did we fail to understand what freedom and private ownership of property is? And just when did we decide the free market, that voluntary exchange of goods and services system was wrong and allowed it to be destroyed? Where, when and how?

 

Is there any possible way the current conditions can or will be reversed? If so, how? At what point did we so misunderstand freedom, we squandered it?

 

We hear so much talk about the devaluation of the dollar. My question is when and why did so many devalue freedom?

 

For me personally, the more I learned about it the more I wanted to know and the higher value I placed upon it.

 

 

Let Freedom Ring

 

Just Me

AC

 

Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

 

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0 Responses to How I Discovered Freedom After Twenty Years of Military Life: Part 2 – What is Freedom? Can it Be Defind? Is it Necessary to Define? (Issue 167)

  1. My only disagreement with this excellent examination is that you seem to have accepted the false popular definition of “anarchy” that equates it with “chaos”, rather than the foundational meaning which is “without rulers”.

    I call myself an anarchist because I recognize no Rulers, although I quite definitely recognize rules, specifically the Zero Aggression Principle which states: “No human being has the right, under ANY circumstances, to initiate force against another human being, nor to advocate or delegate its initiation.”

    Thanks for blogging. I am really enjoying your insights.

  2. Hi Kent,
    Always appreciate your thought provoking analysis. With reference to the word Anarchy. Apparently we have a different intrepretation of the word.’ I have several dictionaries and each one defines it a bit differently. One states, “Lack of political authority,disorder and confusion, the absence of any purpose or standard” I feel motivated to write an article about the subject Thanks for Your Comment, ANNE CLEVELAND, Chief Editor

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