Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Year's Resolution: Becoming a Light of Liberty

Richard Ebeling emails:
Dear Bob,

I have a new article on the news and commentary website, “EpicTimes,” on “A New Year’s Resolution: Becoming a Light of Liberty.”

I suggest that a worthwhile New Year’s resolution for friends of freedom is to become a light of liberty to attract others to the cause of individual freedom and free markets.

One of the great voices for freedom in the 20th century was Leonard E. Read, founder of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), who argued that the starting point for achieving a society of liberty was through greater individual self-education and self-improvement in the principles and practice of a free society.

Through this method of our own self-improvement as a persuasive and articulate voice for freedom and free enterprise we can influence others to see the value of the free society.

What are the principles and premises of a society of liberty? I explain why it begins with the idea of individual rights and the right of the individual to live for himself free of the coercive control and power of political and group collectives. And how this principle and premise leads to equal individual rights for all before the law, private property, freedom of exchange and association, and limited government.

If each of us makes the New Year’s Resolution to improvement out own understanding of and ability to persuasively explain the idea and ideal of liberty, and successfully bring even one other person to share that view, then in a year’s time we will have doubled the number of lights of liberty in society.

If we keep doing this each year, then as our numbers grow and annually double, we will become a renewed society of liberty in one person’s lifetime.

All best wishes for the New Year!

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