Freedom is about self-government or political government. One is voluntary and the other operates on coercion, via a gun or threat of a gun. My last article, Anarchy vs Autarky, sparked a number of comments.
I’m very grateful for the interest, it’s why I write my articles. I’m particularly appreciative of any disagreement with my position, especially when the respondent presents his or her reasoning for disagreement, such as my friend Kent did in his comments.
Secondly, I’m delighted to receive comments inquiring about more information on the subject, such as the one from Mitchell. Therefore I will be addressing both types of comments.
First, my discovery of the meaning of Freedom, was a process which extended over a period of time, and I have told my story in many of the 800-plus articles now posted on the internet.
A few days ago I decided to google Octogenariansblog.com, to see what my traffic count was. Something I had not done in a couple years. Surprised to see almost 40 pages on Google about my web-site, and the many articles I have written, with the Philosophy of Freedom, my underlying theme.
To Mitchell, who wrote: “Fantastic web-site, you have here, but I was wondering, if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really like to be part of a group where I can get feed-back from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations please let me know. Thanks.”
The answer is, I do not. But you could start one, to discuss and share ideas.
When I felt compelled to understand Freedom, and particular political governments in general, and mine in particular, I criss-crossed this country seeking teachers I could learn from, and found a number of teachers. My main mentors were Dr. George Boardman, living in the ghost town of Chloride, Arizona, and Robert LeFevre, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both have passed, but lots of valuable material they left for us.
Robert LeFevre, who wrote the book, “This Bread is mine,” was editor of Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph and Founder of Rampart College, where he taught the Philosophy of Freedom. The entrance to the college had a sign, as I re-call it read, “For the man who desires Freedom will find a way to have it.”
Rampart College is no longer in existence and the only school I know of that teaches the Philosophy is Freedom Mountain Academy in Tennessee, for high school students. Founded by the Cullinanes, who are graduates of Rampart. Kevin Cullinane is the most knowledgeable person I know about Freedom.
It’s my position, an understanding of Freedom is learned and not something we are born understanding. It is not taught in the socialized school system, and most don’t understand it is the reason this country is on the verge of collapse.
The story of the route I took to understand Freedom, began in the fifties, and took me several years before I finally “got it.” I have related the story of my journey in the many articles posted on the net.
There’s probably no argument anyone can present to me, I myself did not present to my many teachers, while I studied the philosophy. The end result is, it’s not complicated, but covers a multitude of areas which all of us experience in our daily lives. And for me has been a fascinating journey. Because Freedom is exciting.
Many great books written on the subject of Freedom, one can order off the net from Amazon. One in particular comes to mind, titled: “Discovery of Freedom” by Rose Wilder Lane.
My e-mail is at end of each article, you can contact with questions.
Continued in Part Two, including my response to Kent.
LET FREEDOM RING
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