Hatred for Taxation blinds up to what is possible

TheGrandmaster We Are Better Than This

This book argues that the strand of contemporary American political thought that defines itself through its hatred of taxation is narcissistic self-pleading wrapped in a flimsy sheath of economic lingo. Personal economic liberty, of course, is one foundational principle of our country and our economy, but it is not the only principle that defines us; and the emaciated government that …

Protection from Private Power

TheGrandmaster Government is Good

When we see all the various ways that government actions can actually enhance our freedom, it also helps us to see how narrow and stunted the anti-government vision of freedom really is. They refuse to acknowledge that government power can enhance our freedoms. Also, they see freedom as merely being protected from the detrimental effects of government power, not from …

Private Power and External Forces affect Freedom

TheGrandmaster First Line of Defenses, Government is Good

In his book, The Freedom Revolution, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey defines freedom as “the ability and responsibility to control one’s own destiny.”10 There is much truth to this, but he is mistaken when he also maintains that we can best assert that control when government leaves us alone and stays out of the private sector. He forgets that …

Freedom and Rights are government protected

TheGrandmaster Government is Good

We often make the mistake of seeing our rights and civil liberties as merely the absence of some kind of governmental action. We believe that we have free speech or freedom of religion when the government does nothing to impede those freedoms. But in reality, our rights depend heavily on active government – on positive government actions. In fact, the …

Freedom, Social Forces, Positive Freedom, and Role of Government

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, Government is Good

In his book, The Freedom Revolution, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey defines freedom as “the ability and responsibility to control one’s own destiny.”10 There is much truth to this, but he is mistaken when he also maintains that we can best assert that control when government leaves us alone and stays out of the private sector. He forgets that …

The real threat to freedom 2 – and government as defender

TheGrandmaster Government is Good

The larger point here is that when it comes to freedom, anti-government conservatives are wrong about how they portray both government and the private sector. Government is not nearly the threat they make it out to be and it is actually the mechanism that allows us to best protect and expand our freedoms. Moreover, the private sector is not the …

The real threat to Freedom

TheGrandmaster Government is Good

The Real Threat to Rights and Freedom Imagine for a moment a dictatorship where your rights and liberties are being constantly violated. There is no free speech and you can be punished for espousing your political views. Associating with groups that oppose official policy can invite reprisals. If you complain about the behavior of officials or blow the whistle on …

Libertarians, Anarchists, and “Freedom”

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, People's writings

Throughout history, Liberty has been a concept based on rights, rather than on freedom. Rights are a type of freedom, but not the only type of freedom. Rights are freedoms that carry with them responsibilities to others in the community. At the very least, a right carries with it the responsibility to respect the same right for others. Liberty is based on this …

Alleviation of Poverty is freedom

TheGrandmaster Freedom Reclaimed

Finally, the society would need to go one step further. It would need to make provision for individuals who for reasons beyond their control are physically or mentally unable to provide for themselves. If life is a necessary condition for liberty, and if individual liberty is the highest value, then those individuals who do not have the ability to sustain …

You don’t have the freedom to use your property to harm others

TheGrandmaster Freedom Reclaimed

By granting the exclusive use of property to its owner, this right to acquire and exercise exclusive ownership of property in effect limits and interferes with the freedom of use of all other individuals with respect to that property. If you want freedom, that inherently entails curtailing some freedoms of others. I cannot act recklessly putting others in danger, steal, …

Government is freedom if done right

TheGrandmaster Freedom Reclaimed

The pages to come reveal many areas in which free-market liberty downplays the dangers that private power poses to our freedom as individuals. In such cases, the expansion of government that free-market advocates decry today as a threat to liberty instead is needed to accomplish the opposite, to protect our freedom as individuals – the very same freedom that free-market advocates …

Private Power is just as bad – Classic

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, First Line of Defenses, Freedom Reclaimed

Government is not simply the way we express ourselves collectively but also often the only way we preserve our freedom from private power and its incursions. As noted earlier, individual liberty means that a person is protected from unwarranted outside interference-not only governmental interference but also the wrongful interference of anyone in our lives, whether it be a corporation, or …

You don’t get to do “anything” you want.

TheGrandmaster Freedom Reclaimed

Thinking in terms of free-market freedom, of course, does recognize some need for outside interference, areas in which restrictions on individuals and limits on their choices and actions are appropriate in the name of freedom itself. It is necessary for laws to prohibit crimes against other persons or property and to address concerns such as liability, fraud, patents, and contracts. …

Rights aren’t, and never have been, free

TheGrandmaster Cost of Rights

The widespread but obviously mistaken premise that our most fundamental rights are essentially costless cannot be plausibly traced to a failure to detect hidden costs. For one thing, the costs in question are not so terribly hidden. It is self-evident, for instance, that the right to a jury trial entails public costs. A 1989 study provides a dollar amount: the …

AL1 – Libertarianism and Freedom

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarian Philosophy, Anti-Libertarianism: Markets Philosophy and Myth

He offers the view that libertarianism is little more than an unfounded, quasi-religious statement of faith: a market romance. Moreover, libertarianism is exposed as profoundly antithetical to the very freedom which it purports to advance. (Unaccountable Tyranny to the wealthy). Libertarians (in the second sense of the word) think they are for freedom but they don’t know what freedom is. …

Cost of Rights – Value of Liberty

TheGrandmaster Cost of Rights, First Line of Defenses

Philosophers also distinguish between liberty and the value of liberty. Liberty has little value if those who ostensibly possess it lack the resources to make their rights effective. Freedom to hire a lawyer means little if all lawyers charge fees, if the state will not help, and if you have no money. The right to private property, an important part …

Cost of Rights – Level 10

TheGrandmaster Cost of Rights, First Line of Defenses

In practice, rights become more than mere declarations only if they confer power on bodies whose decisions are legally binding (as the moral rights announced in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, for example, do not). As a general rule, unfortunate individuals who do not live under a government capable of taxing and delivering an effective remedy …

TheGrandmaster Development as Freedom

Development (and equivalently, for our purposes), freedom requires the removal of major sources of unfreedom: poverty as well as tyranny, poor economic opportunities as well as systemic social deprivation, neglect of public facilities as well as intolerance of over activity of repressive states. (Development as Freedom, pg. 19) One of the most glaring errors we have made, and indeed most …

TheGrandmaster People's writings

The present is ours and the future is ours and if you want it you are gonna have to pry it from my cold dead hands. Because Progressivism is a goddamn freight train and you either get on it or you get ran over by it. Progressivism is evolution, its not a state, but the antithesis to tradition. We believe …

TheGrandmaster Anti-Libertarianism: Markets Philosophy and Myth

Libertarians (in the second sense of the word) think they are for freedom but they don’t know what freedom is. Libertarians have commandeered the world “Freedom” to mean negative freedom, that is, the freedom to be left alone entirely. A liberal conception of freedom is the freedom of empowerment – the ability to be able to do things. A man …