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How To Fight Liberty

by Shayne Wissler

If you understand human liberty, then you understand that it is fundamentally an achievement of the rational mind — only the rational, principled mind can understand what liberty means and how it is applied. It is not simply a matter of “don’t hurt anyone” or “don’t initiate force”, because the world is not like a child’s playground. There are complex webs of property, contract, fuzzy borders, complicated histories of injustice, etc. It takes sincere and rational thought to sort out what is a proper use of force and what isn’t. Therefore, if you want to destroy liberty, then destroy rational thought. Here are some ways to do that:

1. Thwart the development of the virtue of rationality in children.

They will probably carry the vice of irrationality the rest of their lives, especially when the surrounding culture approves of their irrationality while disapproving of those who act rationally.

There are many ways to thwart the emergence of rationality. Mere distraction by meaningless activity is one. But chief among these, and also the final bulwark against persistent youth, is to erect philosophical barriers, to construct seemingly authoritative and complicated arguments that conclude: reason is arbitrary, human ethics is arbitrary, the human mind is cut off from knowing anything other than itself, etc. Such things will instill such an uncertainty and doubt that they will have no energy or motive left to affirm the principles of liberty, or they will affirm them only in a weak and incompetent manner (for rather than attempting to root these principles in reason, they will “root” them in subjective personal opinion and preference).

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Agreed

in the sense that language is an expression of rationality, which in turn is an indication of good judgment.

Hence and for example, I believe there's an important distinction between 'force and coercion' where the former includes neutral intention (ex. opening a door) and the latter embodies unprincipled subjugation (ex. taxation).

Accordingly, some Libertarian arguments fall into this classic pitfall and subsequently lose the point during such a debate.

Force, Coercion

Observant of you.

So, in speeches and compositions, use coercion instead of force?

I can see times for the tenses of force such as forced and forcing. Chances are the text and context will depict force in its intended meaning. But I agree with you, use coercion but do define it right after saying it. Doing that should enable the audience to catch both words and their meanings, and that will allow you to use both words without sounding like a broken record.

Nice comment, MG.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Thanks

btw 'So, in speeches and compositions, use coercion instead of force?'

IMO when describing the conscionable violation of ethical agency, yes.

Interestingly and as a school-teacher, I find when grading Papers that repeated words often carry some redundancy, and appear to be 'searching' for a more accurate term that captures the point.

So in any case, it's refreshing to be a part of the Liberty movement with much room for growth.

Cheers!

the more I think about it

the more I realize that pursing a rational line of thinking and coming together on language and meaning is *the* most important thing for the advancement of liberty. Without it , we are just grasping at straws, and unable to define a consistent philosophy.

Thanks for reading!

http://lionsofliberty.com/
*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

Bingo.

Bingo.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

2nd

Coincidentally, I've started a new political Party where one of its more satisfying elements has been the liberty to coin or refine phrases away from prior bias
(ex. "Dignitarian" ideology, 'autochthony' as the right to withdraw from abuse etc).

Despite some criticism about unfamiliarity, I still believe there is a value to claiming aspects of meaning accordingly.

If interested, more here
http://facebook.com/FreeDominionPoliticalParty

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And then there were three

well written

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I rarely do it…but I feel this is important stuff!

http://lionsofliberty.com/
*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*