Tag Archive: freedom

Feb 28 2015

American Exceptionalism

Lately, there has a been a rash of American politicians and pundits remarking that they don’t believe Americans are more exceptional than any other group. They are correct in a way. It is not so much the people who make up America that make America exceptional as it is the system of limited government that …

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Jan 07 2015

Government is Force

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence. It is force, and like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. – George Washington When people decide to live together in groups, it becomes necessary to establish some level of cooperation. If possible this is done with agreement and consent. But when reason …

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Mar 09 2014

Political Conservation

The word “conservative” comes from the Latin root word “conservare” meaning to save, to guard and to watch over. Political conservatives are often mis-identified as being reactionary or not wanting to embrace any change. But when we speak of the conservation of nature, we don’t mean resistance to change, we mean an effort to preserve …

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Jun 21 2013

Liberty versus Freedom

Freedom and liberty – these two words are etched into our political core, but we tend to take them for granted, without examining what they actually mean. Freedom is the absence of restriction and control, while liberty implies a state of freedom, but with an added framework of responsibility and accountability added to it. Liberty, …

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Jun 17 2013

The Burden of Self Government

We all want freedom and the ability to self govern at some level in some form. But there is a level of effort that goes with that and we often seem reluctant to do the work. We prefer to abdicate our responsibility and are quick to sign it over to some elected official. We want …

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Jun 07 2012

“The Regulars Are Coming Out!”

Deep into the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere gave the word to send the signal by lantern from the steeple of the North Church, then slipped quietly across the Charles River in a row boat, defying a ban on nighttime crossings. Landing in Charlestown, he mounted a horse and rode toward Lexington and …

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