A friend of mine recently asked me how I would recommend one go about learning the Philosophy of Freedom.

First of all I suggest Freedom is a matter of Discovery. First get a copy of the Declaration of Independence and read it regularly. Secondly, keep handy and available a copy of the U.S. Constitution. Read This Bread is Mine by Robert LeFevre. Obtain a copy of The Law by Fredrich Bastiat and Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder Lane. Then read Witness by Whitaker Chambers.

If one studies these two documents, and reads these four books, your life will be forever changed. There are many other great books to read to enlighten one relative to an understanding of Freedom, such as the writings of Hayek, Rothbard, Von Mises, Sun Tzu. Once you have a taste of understanding, you will hunger for more.

One begins by recognition of the fact individual Freedom comes from our creator and not from any political government. Despite the fact we were born free, understanding of the meaning of Freedom must be acquired. So where do you learn about it? It’s certainly not taught in public schools of today. Such was not always the case. In my day and age, Freedom was discussed in civics class, history and taught by parents. However I did not fully understand its meaning until years later, and went searching for an understanding of it.

Today is Patriots Day, and one can reasonably assume that bunch of farmers who stood up against the British at Lexington, had no formal teachings in freedom, but had acquired a taste of it from someplace, probably parents and experience, and fought for it to over-throw the oppressive rule of a British king.

At the entrance of the former school, Rampart College, was a sign which read “The man who understands Freedom will find a way to have it.”

The bottom line is the self-responsibility of freedom, is acquired via learning. It is not something we understand automatically by virtue of the fact we were born free. Inasmuch as it’s not taught in today’s tax-supported school system,nor to the several generations of parents before today’s young, how does one acquire the knowledge?

Arguably, if Freedom is not understood or mis-understood, isn’t it reasonable to deduce that’s the major problem, which has resulted in the degree of Socialism we live under today? And, isn’t it reasonable to assume, the direction we are headed towards totalitarism, will not be reversed back to a life of Freedom this country was founded upon? How could it be, if we know not what brought us to this brink? Therefore we must seek to understand what we had and lost, to know what it is we seek to return to and replace the current Socialism.

The fact we were born free, does not mean that’s a guarantee we will live it. It must be learned and practised. So today let’s celebrate those brave young men who left their farms to fight the British at Lexington, with a “Root, hog, or die” determination. As others gathered and joined and pledged their lives and fortunes to fight for Freedom. And many lost both, to leave for us this legacy.

A great quote from Fredrich Bastiat: “Life, faculties, production – in other words, individuality, liberty, Property–this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation and are superior to it.”- 1801-1850.

Let Freedom Ring


Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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