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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





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