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Philosophy of Liberty PDF Print E-mail
Written by David M. Voth   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 13:49
 The Philosophy of Liberty

By David M. Voth

 

You’ve heard me talk about freedom and read my writings on Freedom and Liberty. Some people still don’t get it. What are we all going on about? Well, at the end of my brief introduction you’ll find a link. Please watch this short (8 minute) animated video and it will give you the philosophy of liberty in a nutshell.

 

First, the difference between liberty and tyranny…

 

“Every variety of tyranny rests upon the belief that some persons have a right—or even a duty—to impose their wills upon other people. Tyranny may be fastened upon others by the mere whim of one man, such as a king or dictator under various names. Or tyranny may be imposed upon a minority “for their own good” by a democratically elected majority. But in any case, tyranny is always a denial—or a misunderstanding—of the mandates of an authority or law higher than man himself.” –Rev. Edmund A. Opitz

 

In contrast to tyranny, the philosophy of liberty is based on self-ownership.

 

“The basic axiom of libertarian political theory holds that every man is a self-owner, having absolute jurisdiction over his own body. In effect, this means that no one else may justly invade, or aggress against, another’s person. It follows then that each person justly owns whatever previously unowned resources he appropriates or ‘mixes his labor with’. From these twin axioms– self-ownership and ‘homesteading’–stem the justification for the entire system of property rights titles in a free market society.” –Murray N. Rothbard, “Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution,” Cato Journal, Vol. 2 (1982): 60-61.

 

If you’ve never heard of or been introduced to the concept of self-ownership, it can be hard to understand—even though the concept is quite simple. By conditioning many people erroneously believe we have a master. The first thing everyone must do to be free is to truly understand the philosophy of liberty. To become fully conscious.

 

“Liberty is not a goal; it is a way of life. Liberty is not a battle that requires the conversion of others in order to win. Liberty is won when you accept the idea that you are the sole mater of your life, when your life is subordinate to none, and no other life is subordinate to yours. When you accept that idea, you are liberated. There will always be those who will claim to be your master but you will know otherwise.” –Louis E. Carabini

 

The link below will take you to a simple but elegant and hard-hitting animation that will explain exactly what the philosophy of liberty and self-ownership is all about. It’s a great tool anyone can use to educate children and adults about our right to life, liberty, and the property we create – and our responsibility to think, speak and act.

 

I encourage everyone to watch this short video and recommend it to everyone who wants to understand the philosophy of true personal liberty. Remember: “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

–Johann W. Goethe

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muHg86Mys7I

 

For more info and/or to download a free DVD version of this video, see:

http://www.philosophyofliberty.blogspot.com/

 

 

“To be governed is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censored, checked, valued, enrolled, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.”

–Pierre-Joseph Proudhon


 
Jefferson and Voth on Freedom – April 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by David M. Voth   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 10:47
 My Dear Friends of Liberty,

 
Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826) one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, who drafted the Declaration of Independence, and the 3rd President of the United Sates of America, still speaks to us today… April 08, 2009.

Please read carefully what he has to say to us today in his draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798:


“The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes [and] delegated to that government certain definite powers and whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force. To this compact each state acceded as a state, and is an integral party, its co-states forming, as to itself, the other party. The government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself, since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution the measure of its powers.”

And do not forget what he wrote in his letter to William Smith, November 13, 1787:


“God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion… what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms… The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

And furthermore, please remember, unlike the current government of the United Sates of America, Jefferson had confidence in the citizens of this great country! He wrote this in a letter to Richard Price, January 8, 1789:


“Whenever people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

You, my friend, are well informed, but what will you do with this knowledge? I trust that history tells a great story about your bravery and your decision to do the things that need to be done to correct the current and eminent threat of great destruction to capitalism and the free market that is now being perpetrated by the government of these United States who claim power today.

 

As you well know, the thugs in Washington, DC are using the mistakes of the former government to hide their deception today. Americans realize that the past government made some mistakes. However, the current government is trying to get Americans to believe that the past government failed by adopting a free market economy. We know this is wrong, but the majority doesn’t! Unfortunately if Congress and the White House succeed in their attempts to brain wash the citizens of this great country, they will also succeed in convincing the Americans to believe that the solution is a stronger central government and less freedom for all. This government wants to regulate and control everything that goes on in the USA. Democrats have taken this position to promote their socialist agenda, telling everyone that the free market was the problem. Oh help us God, if they succeed with this fraud.


Their lies and deception, unfortunately, could win the hearts of many Americans who erroneously believe that the free market economy is to blame for the current recession. We libertarians know this is not true, since there was no free market economy. The Federal Reserve set the interest rates that created the problems we face today. The interest rate determined in a free market, without government interference, is the price that balances saving with investment.

 

The truth is that artificial interest rates set by the Federal Reserve, ever-bigger government, and record deficit spending was the problem. And now the government says that the answer to solving the current economic problems is more spending and more government control over business.

 

To quote Peter Schiff, an economist and investor:

“Absent from such conclusions is the central role the government played in creating the crisis. Yes, many Wall Street leaders were irresponsible, and they should pay. But they were playing the distorted hand dealt them by government policies. Our leaders irrationally promoted home-buying, discouraged savings, and recklessly encouraged borrowing and lending, which together undermined our markets.”

 

The only way to rebuild our economy is to return to the fundamentals of capitalism and the free market economy, which are low taxes, reduced government spending, and small governments.

Our agenda now must be to educate everyone we come in contact with what the truth really is and what the cost of complacency will be. Edmund Burke (1729-1797) knew what happens if we just sit back and watch: “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts… the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

 

And so did Voltaire (1694-1778):
“So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.”

In case you don’t already know, YOUR active and ardent tyrants are Barrack Hussein Obama, Nancy Patricia, and the Congress. Obama’s purpose is yet unknown. However, his actions are clear. He has declared war on the free market economy, and all the things that we freethinking libertarians hold to be true.

 

So, what say you?

 

“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” —Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

 

Sincerely,

 

David M. Voth

Best Selling Author & Son of Liberty

http://www.davidvoth.com/

 

 

 
Fight for Freedom PDF Print E-mail
Written by David M. Voth   
Friday, 27 February 2009 13:45
 This is why we must continue to fight for “freedom” education:

 

On February 19, 2009 leduc998 (aka ducati998) wrote the following quote on his free thinkers/Laissez-faire blog:

 

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” --The late Dr. Adrian Rogers

 

For the most part the blogger was preaching to the choir; however, the posting of this quote received one dissenting opinion comment, from a Mr. Jean-Philippe, who wrote:

 

“I am not sure whether this should be taken seriously or as a sarcastic joke, denouncing the absurdity of the position defended by Rogers. In doubt, and for the sake of the discussion, I will consider it seriously.

 

This seems to say that it is unfair to take money from Paris Hilton to provide the poorest kids with adequate education, healthcare and other necessities of life which will allow them to have a chance of improving their conditions, and basically transcend their birth.

 

That’s a pretty strange point to defend, and certainly has nothing to do with basic economics, it rather is basic plutocracy, and leads to a modernized feudalism.

 

Furthermore, freedom is a very complex thing, but in all its forms, it follows a simple axiom: It is only by limiting the freedom of some that the freedom of others is ensured.”

 

Notice the final sentence (It is only by limiting the freedom of some that the freedom of others is ensured.) This thinking is so foreign to me that at first I thought I must have misread it. We believe that each person owns his own life and property, and that each person has the right to live his own life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others.

 

This guy, Jean-Philippe, is the reason why governments believe it is their right to restrict our freedoms. And it all stems from the core believe that man is inherently bad and therefore must be controlled by a strong government. Because if you believed that man is inherently good then you only need one rule: do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. If Jesus felt that man was inherently bad he would never have made the statement, because it supposes that man knows how to treat others good.

 

Jean-Philippe, and others like him, feels that man cannot be trusted to do what is right and therefore need to have their liberties restrained so that they do not infringe on the liberties of others. I prefer the opinions of free thinkers like Ludwig von Mises and John Stuart Mill:

 

“Government interference always means either violent action or the threat of such action. Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.”
—Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) Austrian Economist, philosopher, and a major influence on the modern

 

“The only freedom deserving the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”
—John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) English philosopher and economist

 

Laissez-faire… live and let live!

 

David M. Voth

http://www.davidvoth.com/

 

 

 


 

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