Wisdom from the past to help us navigate the present.
One Question To Consider
I. Is the inability to accomplish a goal a lack of freedom, discipline, desire, or ability?
Two From History
I. “In a word, man is regarded now throughout Europe, contrary to the view expressed by Rousseau, as primarily a member of society and secondarily as an individual. The rights which he possesses are, it is believed, conferred upon him, not by his Creator, but rather by the society to which he belongs.”
- Frank Goodnow, The American Conception of Liberty. 1916
II. “It is certainly very material that the true doctrines of liberty, as exemplified in our Political System, should be inculcated on those who are to sustain and may administer it. It is, at the same time, not easy to find standard books that will both guides and guards for the purpose.”
- John Adams letter to Thomas Jefferson. February 8, 1825
Three From Me
I. The same Nation that defeated tyranny in 1783, slavery in 1865, fascism in 1945, and communism in 1989, is more than just another Nation on the face of the earth.
II. To create a better life for yourself and those around you, look inward towards self-governance and not outward towards more government.
III. Without an educated populace, we cannot maintain liberty. It is education alone that passes down the truth of our history, the lessons of good and evil, and the ways and means to guard against encroachment.
Freedom requires vigilance and the best vigilance is learned from the past.
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