Monday, November 21, 2016

"Sweet land of..." fantasy

(Previously posted to Patreon)

"My country 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty..."

Sweet land of WHAT? Liberty?

What is "liberty"?

Liberty is the freedom to do anything which doesn't violate another person's equal and identical right to do something. Or, as Thomas Jefferson put it: "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."

So, where is this "liberty" in America today?

There are still some liberties you have, but certainly not enough left to call America a "land of liberty".

There are violations of your right to earn money, use your property, entertain yourself, defend yourself, live where you want, how you want. In fact, it has gotten to the point that the first question many people ask when exposed to something new is "Is it legal?"

This can't be the first response in a land of liberty. In fact, it wouldn't even be a top 20 consideration in a land of liberty.

As long as you encounter any government employee or rule at any point during the year, liberty is not a reality in your land. You may as well call "The Flintstones" an archaeological education course, because there's just as much archaeological truth in it as there is liberty in America today.

And that needs to change. Death to bullies and tyrants-- to anyone who violates the smallest of liberties.


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