It’s my opinion, Freedom is frequently misunderstood, or not understood at all, which is one important area that accounts for the crisis we currently face in this country. During one period of my life I spent seven years studying Freedom, and seeking teachers who understood the meaning. I crisscrossed this country to meet those who understood it, and it was Dr. George Boardman, in the desert town of Chloride, Arizona, and Robert Lefevre in Colorado Springs, I found to be the most knowlegeable teachers, and the most consistent in their teachings and everyday lives relative to Freedom. Therefore they became my main mentors, along with a number of others.
I read so many books, on Austrian school of economics, mainly Von Mises and Rothbard, plus books on Keynes. Along with books on philosophy and historians, all the writings of Ayn Rand. It was Atlas Shrugged I read in 1957 that put the bee in my bonnet to understand the nature of Individualism versus political government, that is, political governments in general and ours in particular. My pursuit was a burning desire to understand Freedom.
In my 500-plus articles posted, I relate many stories about my personal life, and the many situations I encountered along the way, which involved some of the battles I fought as I discovered more and more about the differences in Freedom and the bondage of political government.
Back in the fifties, I had small school-age children and I would send them off to school in the morning, and spent many years reading so many books, while playing duplicate bridge on the side. Married to an Air Force pilot who was away, on temporary duty, or on an assignment involved in some war as an air-sea rescue helicoptor pilot. Therefore I had a lot of time alone to read and pursue my understanding of the Philosophy of Freedom. One day, I jumped up and said, “I got it!!”
About 3 years ago I began writing articles on a variety of subjects about my experiences, attempting to incorporate the Philosophy of Freedom in as many articles as I could. This morning when I checked the computor emails and comments, I had 53,792 comments from 80 countries around the world. Some quite complimentary, some critical, some questioning, and some spam. However in the past few weeks, there seems to be an increased interest in knowing more about the subject of freedom. Some want me to write more, however the one running theme among many comments, is quite nonspecific as to what it is the writer wants more of.
Here’s an example from one commenter today: “Virtually all the things you assert is astonishingly appropriate, and that makes me wonder why I had not looked at this with this light before. This piece truly did turn the light on for me personally as far as the specific subject matter goes. Nevertheless there is actually just one issue I am not really too cozy with so while I attempt to reconcile that with the actual core theme of the point, allow me see what the rest of the readers have to point out. Nicely done.”
This comment was relative to my series of articles about Freedom Mountain Academy. The articles on FMA have inspired an unusual number of comments. As one can see, this reader, who speaks for a number of others, is quite nonspecific about what it is precisely he does not understand, leaving me rather puzzled as to what it is he wants to read more about. With reference to what other readers say, one can see my website is designed to only publish five comments at a time, therefore I only post a few of reader comments.
This same respondent writes in another comment: “I do enjoy the manner in which you have presented this particular problem and it does present me personally some fodder for consideration. On the other hand, from what I have personally seen, I just hope as the actual responses pack on that people keep on issue and not embark upon a tirade involving some other news du jour. Still, thank you for the outstanding piece and tho I do not go along with this in totality, I value the point of view.”
Still leaving me with the notion I have no idea of what it is he “does not go along with.” Which I would attempt to address, if I knew what it was that’s bothering him. In this connection, my website was not designed for debates among readers. Perhaps there are other sites designed to accomodate debates among others, but mine is not one of them. A couple times I have posted entire articles by other writers, but rarely.
Despite the fact there are many great and informative articles on other websites, writing about Libertarianism, Conservatism, Democracy, Rebublicans, Economics, Current Events, and the state of affairs this Country is in, I know of none devoted exclusively to the understanding of the Philosophy of Freedom. However many books available on the subject.
There are a few outstanding writers on the internet, who write with a clear view of the meaning of Freedom, then support the idea to get out the vote, which for me implies we can vote ourselves out of the crisis we have voted ourselves into. Which is where we part company, because I do not believe the crisis we face can be resolved by voting another politician into office.
Accordingly, we must come up with another solution, and I believe the crux of the problem, lies in a misunderstanding about Freedom and Private Property Ownership. And an unwillingness to accept the basic premise of those two ideas, which are diametrically in opposition to the philosophy of Socialism, embraced by the majority in this country today.
I know of no one today who teaches the Philosophy of Freedom, and lives it as consistently as Dr. Boardman and Robert Lefevre did, other than the founders of Freedom Mountain Academy. Ownership of Property and Freedom is a total Concept.
Admittedly we are so advanced down the road of Totalitarianism, with the current system of government, we cannot live our lives without participation in many socialist projects. For example, we must use the government roads because there are no others. However, as for myself, I do not participate where I have a clear-cut choice not to. And many areas where I do exercise a choice. I do not use the local government-run libraries. Another area is government-operated parks. I live in a town with numerous government parks and campgrounds, and the 5 years I have lived here, never used one. I think they should all be privately owned and operated. Just to name a couple of areas we can refuse to support, and clearly could be operated more efficiently at less cost in the free-enterprising system this great country was built upon.
I’m sure it matters not to anyone else, what I do and the way I live my life, but matters to me, as I try to live my life according to the Principles of Freedom as I understand them. And I sincerely believe if more understood the meaning and valued it as highly as I do, and acted according to the Principles of it, we would not be in the situation we face today. However we are a people of Free Will, and make decisions according to that which we consider our best interests, and so many act without stopping to consider the consequences, in their lives and the future of our children.
It’s my belief, we of the homosapien species, were created by a Creator that endowed us with Freedom, and it cannot be given by any political government, but can be and is impeded by political governments. Unfortunately, so many have embraced the many programs of bondage, perpetrated by political governments, and are unwilling to accept the self-responsibility and self-control required to enjoy individual Freedom. Hence we are where we are today. A far cry from that way of life our founding fathers pledged their lives and fortunes, and paved the way for us to have. We have squandered individual freedom in favor of the Nanny State, and wake up in bondage to a great extent.
Our children are indoctrinated in the tenets of Socialism in the tax-supported compulsory system, according to the fundamental teachings of Karl Marx. And there are only a very, very few places one can turn to learn the Philosophy of Freedom left outside this system of indoctrination into socialism.
I have the past few years worked on developing a correspondence course in the Philosophy of Freedom, but doubt if enough are interested in learning about it to warrant what it takes to market it. However, inbetween writing articles, I work on its development, to leave as a legacy for my children and grandchildren, if nothing else. On the other hand, if I was convinced enough were interested in learning about Freedom, I would complete for publication.
I am encouraged, when some parents write that their children read my articles, and enjoy some benefits from the material they read. And periodically I encounter an individual interested in learning more about the meaning of freedom, and how to apply the Philosophy to their individual lives. What I usually do is give them a copy of “The Law” by Fredrich Bastiat, to read for starters.
I personally decided a long time ago, I will not lie down and roll over, without some degree of effort to pass on ideas about the glorious idea of Personal freedom, because I do not believe I’m entitled to sit back and do nothing, without even trying to promote the idea of the Philosophy of Freedom.
This morning, I looked in the dictionary for the meaning of the word “Commodity,” described as “Something bought and sold, anything of use or profit.” And in one loose meaning of the word, Freedom could be applied in some situations as a Commodity. I daresay a very precious one.
From “The Nature of Government, The Virtues of Selfishness” by Ayn Rand, comes this quote: “A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort, or enslaves him, or attempts to limit the Freedom of his mind, or compels him to act against his own rational judgement…is not, strictly speaking, a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang-rule.”
LET FREEDOM RING