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The Law, by Bastiat
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"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

--- Benjamin Franklin


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Unleashing Freedom's Promise ... Print E-mail


For tens of thousands of years,
humankind has inhabited the earth. 

Humans have lived under every form of authoritarian government imaginable – from god-kings to emperors, dictators, presidents, and czars – yet for all of that time, very few peoples could ever consistently get enough food to feed themselves.

Famines, disease and pestilence have always killed multitudes, and still do in most places on the globe.

Yet suddenly in the space of a few generations, a relatively few people have used their energies so effectively that they have created a completely new world, where floors, toilets, electricity, telephones, computers and a thousand other things unimagined just a generation ago, are commonplace.

Why?

The physical earth has not changed significantly in remembered history. The raw materials were always there, as were the people.

The plain fact is that human energy and creativity has operated more effectively in these United States than it has operated ever before, and still more effectively than it continues to operate anywhere else on the planet.

Again, why?

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Prologue Print E-mail

 

What is freedom?  What do we mean when we speak of "liberty"?  We think we know - but do we?  For answers, we must look to the beginnings, where our past is prologue ...

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Being American - A Legacy of Freedom Print E-mail


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The founders of the American republic were not saints.

Nor did they entertain any illusions about the perfection of human nature.

The authors of the Constitution recognized in themselves and in others, the familiar vices of vanity and greed, but they preferred the risks of civil democracy, to the false assurance of a benevolent monarchy.

The framers knew that the law is by no means a perfect tool for ensuring universal liberty and justice.

Yet the mechanism of checks and balances they proposed placed as many obstacles as possible in the way of what might be inflamed passions of the moment.

Thus they hoped to preserve the principles and practice of freedom, against the ancient human tendency to seek security in the rule of kings.

Today, a timid and fearful public increasingly demands displays of divine omnipotence from its leaders.

Political medicine-men loudly offer prayers and public sacrifice on the altar of media celebrity, as they strive to elevate themselves to positions of power and control over their fellow citizens.

The wish for kings is an old and familiar desire, appearing no less at home today in a society thought dedicated to the opposite ideal of individual freedom, as it was in the monarchies of medieval Europe or tribal Africa.

From the dazzling Camelot of the Kennedys, to the debauchery and czarist edicts of the Clinton (and now the Obama) regime, modern nobles do little except stand as symbolic figures in the midst of as much pomp and circumstance as can be reasonably arranged.

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