Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jefferson's "Rightful Liberty"

Thomas Jefferson said:

"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
This is just another way of stating the Zero Aggression Principle.

Would "laws" against burning "The Flag" get a pass?  Would anti-drug rules, or anti-gun rules, or minimum drinking/driving/whatever age rules?  Are anti-property rights rules, such as "border control", "property codes", or "zoning laws" existing within the confines of "rightful liberty"?  Would compulsory school attendance rules, traffic "laws", or any form of "taxation" pass the test?

No.  All those reflect only the tyrant's will.  If you support or advocate any of those things (which I doubt many of my regular readers do) you have declared yourself to be an enemy of rightful liberty.  Jefferson would have hated what you stand for and would count you with the rest of the collectivists.

At least be honest about it.

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2 comments:

  1. Well somewhere the balance was lost.. It is people prostituting the very principals this country was founded on that are to blame. TJ's RL if taken in context is the very core of the checks n balances that collectively, we should be thinking of.. Prostitute the words as you may... Amend the constitution to not even reflect the original bill of rights. Governments are made by people for people... not Absolution !

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  2. What would Johnny Cash do? ;)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr92NNqz9AA

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