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An Octogenerian's Blog | THE ART OF ANALYTICS – AYN RAND – CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS – ROAD TO SERFDOM – FREEDOM OR BONDAGE (Issue 389)

I have just taken a month sabbatical away from writing. Spending my time with Prince William, and our little garden, reading, resting, artwork, trips back into Atlanta, shopping, playing and into a pastime of Southerners, i.e., just getting in staring time.

In the past two years, I’ve posted nearly 400 lengthy articles on the internet, covering a wide variety of subjects. As my readers know by now, I’m not very savvy when it comes to anything mechanical, electrical or electronic, and have trouble operating a can opener. All I do is write, and others take care of anything relative to my website. In this connection, I recently asked the web manager for a print-out of activity on Octogenariansblog.com.

I’m impressed at the extent of the analysis. Such things as number of visitors to the site, the kind of readers and visitors, and the subjects most visited. This in-depth analysis showed visits came from 80 countries and territories, including the Philippines, India, Netherlands, Germany, France, China, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

In retrospect, I recall the day a couple of years ago, when my son called and said he would furnish me a team to assist in a blogsite if I would just write. I did not know what blogging was. I felt sorta like Columbus must have felt. When he started out he did not know where he was going, when he arrived did not know where he was, and upon return did not know where he had been. But he was met by Queen Isabella, and hailed as a hero, discovering America.

In the course of two years, I have received many e-mails and comments. So many complimentary remarks, which spur me on to write more, plus some critical, and argumentative. I welcome all of them, those good, bad and indifferent. Because my aim is to stir the intellectual nettle of my readers to stop and think, about what is happening to this great country and the Freedom it represents.
To prompt the reader to recognize we are in a war, a war of ideas between Freedom and Bondage. The meaning of Freedom, and the meaning of the absence of it.

I tell the story of how the fire was set under me to understand individual Freedom, private property concepts, the nature of all political governments, and the self-responsibility of self-government. It began while living in Japan in the fifties and reading Atlas Shrugged when it first hit the bookshelves in 1957. It changed my life and motivated me to learn more about individual freedom versus political government doles and controls. I eventually read all of Ayn Rand’s books: We The Living, Anthem, Fountain Head, Objectivist news letters, and anything and everything about her.

About the same time Atlas Shrugged was published, another book titled “The Ugly American” was published. The setting for that book was Burma, and at that time, my Air Force pilot husband was in Burma for a nine month tour to train Burmese helicoptor pilots. I still have his certificate, showing he was named an honorary member of Burmese Air Force.

Living in Tokyo at the time, I played a lot of duplicate bridge at Tokyo Press Club, frequently playing with Japanese college students as my partners. I was so disturbed, we were portrayed as ugly Americans, and hated by many whom my husband was assigned to help and fight for. I began discussions with the students, asking them why. I discovered the consensus of opinion, did not view us as conquerors of regimes to free the people, but rather as nation builders of regimes, which kept the people in bondage, making it difficult for the people to free themselves of bondage imposed by regimes kept in power by the involvement of the United States Government.

Returning to the States in the sixties, I hit the ground running to learn more about my government. I had been taught in high school civics, that ours was a government of the people, by the people and for the people. The sixties was a period of upheaval in this country, turmoil, and riots. Out of that period, came many great learned writers, like Ludwig Von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Fa Hayek, Harry Browne, John T. Flynn, Robert LeFevre, Robert Welch, Frank Chodorov, Henry Hazlitt, Albert Jay Nock, H. L. Mencken and many others.

After reading Atlas Shrugged, for the next seven years I read everything in sight, to discover the real meaning of Freedom, and the nature of political governments in general, and the United States government in particular.

Today, in 2010, lo these many years later, my concerns for this country and the Freedom and Principles upon which it was built, has reached new heights for myself, my children and grandchildren. The peril which Freedom and this country face today, is at an all-time high. And I believe it is the responsibility of every individual citizen in this country, to inform themselves as to the actuality of the truth of the threat we currently face.

I personally began re-reading some of the great books of information, I studied years ago. Currently reading, “Road to Serfdom” by Hayek. Listening to what the heck, Glenn Beck, prompted me to re-read that book. Knowledge is the power, and the tax-supported school system does not teach the truth we all should know to re-gain and sustain personal Freedom.

Shortly we will celebrate the 4th of July. There is much more to being informed about Freedom, than fire-works, parades, and picnics and flag waving. Freedom is not Free, and the Philosophy of Freedom is about self-responsibility. How can one be responsible for something not understood? Now more than ever is a time to inform yourself as to the Truth of what is happening to all of us. Stop listening to the jack-hammer political rhetoric of those seeking more power over our lives, and read the books and material easily available to everyone, to be informed.

I’m surprised and amazed, to discover, as many as do, revealed by the print-out, read my articles, which have an underlying theme of the Philosophy of Freedom. And feel blessed and fortunate, the almost 400 articles have written, are all on the internet, going around the world 24/7. Free to read at no cost for anyone in the many countries to read.

Here’s a quote by Justice John McLean: “All questions of power arising under the Constitution of the United States, whether they relate to Federal or a State Government, must be considered of great importance. The Federal Government being formed for a certain purpose, is limited in its powers, and can in no case exercise authority where the power has not been delegated. The States are sovereign; with the exception of certain powers, which have been invested in the general government, and inhibited to the States. No State can coin money, emit bills of credit, pass ex post facto laws, or laws impairing the obligation of contracts, & etc. If any state violates a provision of the Constitution, or be charged with such violation to the injury of private rights, the question is made before this tribunal; to whom all such questions, under the Constitution, of right belong. In such a case, this court is to the State, what its own supreme court would be, where the constitutionnality of a law was questioned under the Constitution of the State. And within the delegation of power, the decision of this court is as final and conclusive on the State, as would be the decision of its own court in the case stated.” (1785-1861)

LET FREEDOM RING

JUST ME AC
email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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  1. All I can say is WOW!! You have stunned me with the amount a valuable reading here

  2. Anne, you always stir my nettle! Thanks!