I’m often asked:
Why should I hold liberty as a political value?
Is it really that important?
The answer to these questions are self-evident to some, while to others they are elusive
and hard to understand. Let’s take a look at some reason’s why you should choose liberty
whether you are a liberal or a conservative.
Should liberals choose Liberty? The answer is unequivocal yes! Liberals should favor liberty if they
would rather have those convicted or found with drugs to get help rather than being thrown in jail.
Those who value liberty see this jailing as a profound evil that needs to be stopped so that those who
need help can get help. Drug legalization or decriminalization allows hundreds of thousands to be
released from jail to have a life again. This alone would allow users to get help rather than fear getting arrested
and to have their lives ruined. We know that if we legalized or decriminalized drugs most
people would not rush to abuse them. This would keep the war on drugs from targeting
minorities and would help with reducing violence in the inner city as well.
What about conservatives? Of course. If one of the things Conservatives are concerned about is
the debt crises, then liberty needs to be addressed. It is not conservative at all to fleece the
public to pay for pet projects and massively bloated government bureaucracy. Those who hold
liberty as a core political value see that this is theft on a massive scale. It is absolutely wrong to
take more taxes than absolutely needed to fund the constitutional responsibilities of government.
Those who favor equality should favor liberty as well. With liberty each person,
according to their own conscience, do what they please so long as they do not harm another person. This means that if two women would like to get married then they can. We should get government out of marriage rather than have them interfering in it. The government should not have had any say on who could get married and who couldn’t. That would be an outcome that all should be happy with.
If you are concerned about the constitution then liberty is probably a core value for you.
You see it as a bulwark against an encroachment or further encroachment of your rights.
Holding liberty as a value allows you to keep not only the constitution but the rights of every
person within your influence and allows you to have the moral high ground while protecting the
rights of even those you do not consider as friends.
Should liberty be held as a principle for those against war? War, especially aggressive
war, is antithetical to those who value liberty. War is bringing forth those who want power. It
destroys civil liberties at home while being despotic abroad. It destroys friends and families
while also destroying the rights of those who are left. War brings about a frenzy that tends to
silence those who are against it while labeling them traitorous. This is a dangerous combination
for those who value civil liberties and free speech.
Liberty in defense of a nation? Yes! Liberty is a bulwark of defense. It allows people to
be who they want to be with no repression under the law. It provides the means for people to
defend themselves as well as others. This bulwark has served us well and will continue to do so.
What is liberty without economic freedom? The short answer is not much. Without
economic liberty, we can’t truly be free. If we are not free to choose, we are not free at all. We
should have the liberty to purchase the birth control of our choice or the weapon of our
choice. We know that big corporations purchase congress, yet we have massive amounts of
regulations and fee’s and barriers to entry to prevent the little guy from competing. A look
at history demonstrates that those who have lobbied for regulation of their own industries did so
because regulations thwart upcoming competition who can’t afford the cost.
Such regulations prevent ordinary people from starting their own businesses. Why? Because
those who are already in business are creating barriers to entry. Simply ask why you need a
license or a degree to cut hair or a license to put flowers in a vase and this becomes obvious.
Believing in liberty is believing that everybody should have the opportunity to start and operate
their own business if they see fit.
Along with economic liberty, comes the ability to give more. If you are concerned about
the poor and the downtrodden then you need liberty. It allows for you to have more wealth which
in turn allows you to be more charitable.
If you have more wealth than you are enabled to support the charities of your preference, or give
more of your time to them by volunteering. This allows you to act on your morals rather than having
your money go to things you may not agree with such as wars or wasteful government programs. With
liberty, you can take an active role in your community as you pursue prosperity.
Is liberty for you? If you believe in peace, tolerance, equality, civil liberties, the
constitution, individualism, and the ability to purchase what you want for yourself, then Liberty is
for you. If you value your children growing to be whoever they choose to be then liberty is for
you. Liberty is not a mere ideology, it is a principle, that when held as a core belief allows you to
become the person you want to be. It doesn’t ask you to conform but to simply allow others to
act for themselves without coercion.
Choose peace, choose tolerance, choose liberty.