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QUOTE: Aesop

This doesn’t take much explaining, but I want to give my thoughts on this. It is imperative for people to destroy the seed of evil in themselves before they try to do so in the world or in others. How different would the 20th Century have been if individuals destroyed the seed of evil that they allowed to grow into the indifference they used to justify letting genocide occur? What if they had destroyed the seed before demagoguery could take hold in their hearts?

You see, it isn’t just the action of evil that we should fear, but the indifference towards it as well. The only way to truly stop evil in the world is to look at ourselves and stop the evil within each one of us.

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Guns Aren’t The Problem, But The Solution

 

After every shooting uproar ensues, not in finding ways to support the victims’ families, but an attack on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. These political maneuvers are not only egregious, but factually inaccurate.

This post will argue against these attacks on two fronts: one being the pragmatic, evidence-based side and the other being the philosophical. Both are needed to understand this debate and to be able to draw conclusions. All sources are listed at the bottom of the post.

Evidence In Favor Of Guns

Here are some quick facts on guns in the United States and Abroad:

  • From 1950 to July of 2016, 98.4% of Mass Public Shootings occurred in Gun-Free Zones
  • “Every place that has been banned guns (either all guns or all handguns) has seen murder rates go up.”
  • After England’s 1997 handgun ban, homicide rates increased by about 60% by 2002
  • In Jamaica, pre-ban (1975) murder rates were around 10 per 100,000, but by 1980, they were around 40 per 100,000 and 60 per 100,000 by 2005
  • 2% of counties account for 51% of murders and 54% of counties had no murders (2014)

The reduction in the presence of guns does not actually affect people’s behavior. In fact, the assurance that the potential victim is not armed emboldens criminals. Below is a map of the distribution of murders by county.  As you can see, other than major cities, the middle of the country is fairly murder free. The issues lie on the coasts and in major cities, which is where guns are most highly banned and regulated.

The states where gun ownership is high (what the liberals on the coast like to call flyover country) have much lower murder rates. In Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and many more, there are enormous swaths of land that had no murders in 2014.

What does this mean? Well, it indicates that something other than guns are the issue. There is not sufficient evidence to indicate a certain cause, but it is clear that guns do not attribute to crime, rather evidence would suggest guns play a role in curbing violent crime.

If the solution to the problem is not able to be drawn from the data or evidence, there may be a solution in the culture or human nature.

Philosophical Arguments For Guns

Man is inherently prone to both good and evil. Because man has reason, it is possible to image both good and evil uses of a tool. For instance, fire can be used to cook food and provide warmth or it can be used to burn down buildings or towns. This reality places the praise for good action and blame for evil on individuals committing the action. Guns are no different. They are merely a tool that can be used to defend one’s life or take others’.

Now that the nature of a gun is settled, the next question is what is the proper use of the tool? In America, and most of the West, there is a belief in the idea that an individual owns his or her body. This means they own the fruits of their labor and the property they acquire by their labor. If someone were to steal another’s property, the victim would have recompense under the law.

The same is true with one’s body. If one is threatened, then the amount of force necessary to defend oneself is justified, and the proper tools to defend oneself should be available for those who wish to do so. The same is true for those who wish to educate or heal themselves in that they should have access to means of either educating or healing themselves.

To say that one should have the right to access one of the above tools is to undermine their right to the others. The principled argument is that one should be able to decide by what means they protect their property, which includes their life.

The Second Amendment

This is another issue in the gun debate. The 2nd Amendment was instituted with full knowledge that weapons technology would improve. The argument that it applies to muskets not M16’s is foolish and unsubstantiated.

Rather it was an acknowledgement of the idea described above in conjunction with a recognition of the nature of governments. Any government that can nullify the right to defend one’s person is tyrannical. This is because the assertion by a government that one doesn’t have a right to self-defense is an attack on the idea of the individual. Once the Western understanding of the Individual is taken away, all of the governments, cultures and societies of the West implode.

Therefore, this right was enshrined in the Constitution to give citizens the ability to defend themselves from criminals and from tyranny, with tyranny being the larger fear of the two. Before Hitler could come after the Jews, Communists or Trade Unions, he came for the guns. Every tyrant of the 20th century did the same. The greatest threat to an individual is the person next to them, but the greatest threat the Individual is tyranny. That is the purpose of the Second Amendment.

Last Words

This debate extends far beyond partisanship and the latest tragedy. There is a part of human nature that is prone to evil and brutishness. To deny that reality and to preach the contrary is to be complicit in these atrocities. Rather than trying to engineer a utopia, we should recognize the impossibility of utopia and seek to understand our nature and how to improve ourselves and communities.

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Sources:

Murder and homicide rates before and after gun bans

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2017/feb/21/richard-corcoran/do-most-mass-shootings-happen-gun-free-zones/

UPDATED: More misleading information from Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety on guns: “Analysis of Recent Mass Shootings,” Showing how mass public shootings keep occurring in gun-free zones

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Book Review: Tao Te Ching By Lao Tzu

Check out my newest book review on Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu! This book is full of insights and I hope to bring some of those to light for you in this video. It’s definitely worth checking out if you have any interest in Religion or Philosophy. Lao Tzu is an amazing thinker and prophet, and his wisdom is beautifully articulated in the Tao Te Ching!

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My Experience At The Free State Project’s Liberty Forum

Sitting on the plane ride home from Manchester, New Hampshire, I had time to reflect on my last couple days in the Free State. I went to Liberty Forum to see what it was all about, and it was an incredible experience. I’m going to tell you here and now that if you enjoy liberty and great people then this is the place for you.

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Free State Project (FSP), Liberty Forum and the experience I had this weekend. If this blog sounds like an endorsement of these ideas and this movement, that’s because it is, but it is completely unsolicited. They aren’t paying me or pushing me to do this- I just feel obligated to spread the news of this community and movement.

The People

The people in New Hampshire were awesome. I had no trouble talking to anyone and sparking conversations that would quickly turn into a deep dive into an incredible topic. It was easy to approach people like Vin Armani and Jack Spirko, who have built a celebrity in the Liberty Movement, and talk about good stories or intriguing ideas.

The event organizers and exhibitors were awesome as well. I enjoyed learning what it was that brought them to New Hampshire and the steps they have taken to promoting liberty in their communities. The Free Staters, as they call themselves, were welcoming and friendly.

What surprised me about the people was the diversity of thought. Despite all of us being on the Liberty Train, we came to our conclusions in different ways and still had disagreements. I sat at dinner as a Catholic raised in Indiana talking to a formerly Progressive man who is gay married about all the political principles we held in common. Neither of us would have chosen the other’s life, but we both want the other to live as they see fit- and that’s what liberty is.

The Conference

The format for the conference was great. It was a great balance of sitting through talks and learning about what is going on with FSP and liberty in general as well as time to network and discuss our ideas. Because of this, I ended up finding a couple people who have offered to help me with content for the blog, so it was well worth it for me.

Talks were given on a plethora of topics such as Crypto, Activism, Legislation, Culture, Philosophy and Self-Sufficiency. But they had one thing in common: a focus on liberty. I learned an incredible amount on Crypto and how to affect change in my state and community. I had free range at the dinners (and the hotel bar after) to talk to Vin and Jack- 2 of the people who have inspired me in starting this blog. The conference was informational and

Exhibitors had all sorts of cool stuff including homemade soaps, new social media ideas, syrup, knickknacks available exclusively for Crypto, help moving to New Hampshire and many more. It was tough to hang on to my money as I walked through the exhibition hall as everything seemed like a great product.

The Lessons Learned

What I realized in New Hampshire is how powerful this Liberty Movement really is. There are thousands of people across the country voting with their feet and moving to a state for more freedom. That is incredible. Dedication to a cause inspires others to at least take a second look to understand why one would be so dedicated.

New Hampshire is quickly becoming freer as a state in general, but that is not because Washington D.C. is allowing them to do so. Their freedom is due to people taking actions in their own lives, communities, cities, counties and state to change the way their government operates. With a high proportion of citizens to representatives, changing the momentum of the government is easier there than other states. However, their model can be replicated.

Last Words

Now, I’m not packing my bags to move to New Hampshire. I have family at home and don’t want to uproot my life. But for those of you who want to make a change in your life and wish to be freer: check out New Hampshire. You don’t have to move there immediately, but look at going to Liberty Forum or Porcfest (the Free State Project’s summer festival) or reach out to FSP organizers to learn more.

If you’re like me and can’t move, then get active. If you need ideas on how to do so, look into the FSP as their activism is working. Their model can be replicated and their success can be referenced when addressing problems in your community. Use them as a beacon of light to illuminate the principles and outcomes of Liberty. Leverage their success as evidence that these ideas work, not only in theory, but in practice, and achieve Liberty in Your Lifetime.

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Quote: Albert Camus

So, I actually don’t agree with this quote all the time. I think for the majority of human interaction, one should simply seek to walk alongside others and experience life with them as a friend. Even when serving someone or mentoring him, the goal is to walk along with him through life as a guide.

However, I believe there are times when people have to step up as leaders or fall in line as followers. In emergency situations, there has to be order and so there must be a leader and followers. If everyone walked next to each other in an evacuation, no one would get out. There has to be someone organizing people and giving direction to facilitate the evacuation.

Overall, this quote is true. That is what we want out of interactions with each other: to feel human by having another person understand us. It’s natural.

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Book Review: The Prince

To you understand the modern political landscape, it is important to read Machiavelli’s The Prince. It includes detailed and wise accounts of how rulers gain, retain and lose power. The version that I recommend in this video also includes a couple other works by Machiavelli, which detail the forms of government and which are most preferable and why. A lot of his wisdom is ingrained in American values and its Constitution, so learning what he has to say is valuable to any American.

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State Of The Union: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

In a land where every person is supposed to be equal, the fact that one man stands in front of the country each year to be lauded for the accomplishments of each individual is stupid and imperialistic. It gives the office of the Presidency the appearance of Monarchy and diminishes the accomplishments of the individual Americans who made the real difference. Since it seems America will never return to a letter from the President to Congress about the State of the Union, it seems necessary to evaluate the speech as it is.

This is going to be a review of President Trump’s speech in light of this reality. While I would rather have no State of the Union Address, it is a part of the government we have, so it must be discussed as such. With that in mind, I’ll be discussing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the whole night from Trump’s speech to the audience reactions to the rebuttals.

The Good

We are going to start with the good parts of the speech first. The first good part of the speech was Trump’s overall performance. He stayed on script and appeared presidential and put-together. This wasn’t a campaign speech,and he recognized that. He didn’t just play to his base, but spoke to the good economy, American response to disasters and the need to be Americans rather than partisans. He extended olive branches to Democrats with policies that they usually endorse, such as infrastructure and leave. All of this made Trump look good.

The best part of the speech was the people who were in the balcony for Trump to call out (admittedly as political pawns). The heroes and victims that were named and honored show what America really did last year. They were:

  • A cop who didn’t leave a heroin addict to destroy her child’s life
  • A man who escaped North Korea on crutches and now helps others do the same
  • First responders to disasters
  • Parents of the victims of horrific crimes

This was the Good of the speech. This reminded Americans that it is the people who make America what it is, not the government. The only reason that government should exist is to allow amazing people like these to do these amazing things. For the first time since Trump came to office, he had a chance to talk to the American people without the media distorting what’s really happening: ISIS is nearly destroyed, REAL job growth, REAL tax cuts, deregulation, good judges, better immigration policy. And he made full use of his chance.

The Bad

The bad really fell on the side of the Democrats. They have made their party platform nothing but hating Trump, therefore compromising the values they preach. Traditionally, they are for the government spending on aid and infrastructure, but couldn’t even clap or stand for these topics when Trump advocated for them.

I want my audience to know that I lean to the Conservative/Libertarian side of politics, but this is not a partisan criticism of the Democrats, just bad politicking. Imagine Republicans not applauding Obama if he said he was going to reduce gun control and taxes: it’s stupid. I would be upset if that happened, and if democrat voters aren’t enraged by their Representatives sitting for unifying themes, their party may be in its death throes.

Trump did have some bad in his speech as well. His speech was long, which really made it a tough thing to watch and stay engaged. The other bad he had was advocating for some of the democrat policies above. I don’t think the government should be involved in infrastructure, but that’s not the first thing I’d attack because many Conservatives are in favor of that class of government spending. His tangent on paid leave was unnecessary, but time will tell what comes of this.

The Ugly

The Democrats took the Ugly as well, trotting out Joe Kennedy III for the rebuttal. In reality, the only thing dumber than the State of the Union is the rebuttal. No one ever has had a good rebuttal. This was especially true for Kennedy as he looked awful, sounded stupid and was drooling throughout his speech. It was horrible. He was positioned with a broken-down car in the background, which begged the question: Which Kennedy has had the worst luck with cars- John, Ted or Joe?

The real issue is his speech showed the lack of commitment to principles of the Democrats in response to what was an out-of-character, principled speech from Trump (who usually does rely on rhetoric and name-calling). Joe, a rich, white, straight, cisgendered man, from one of the most powerful families in American history- gave a speech about intersectionality and the working man. I think these talking points are incorrect and unprincipled, but if that is your political platform, you should stick to it. The Democrats have a platform and a brand for their party built off of that, and no one in their party matches that, which shows how insincere they are.

Last Words

The idea of the State of the Union is stupid, but if it is going to happen, the people involved need to be on top of their game in politicking. If there’s winners and losers, then Trump won in a landslide and the Democrats shot themselves in the foot with the starting gun.

But the real takeaway should be that the real stars of America are the people in the balcony. You and I are the people who make America what it is. It was individuals who came together in the Revolution, marched for Civil Rights, respond to emergencies, innovate and create new opportunities and take care of ourselves and our communities. We are the center of the American project, not the Presidency, Congress, the government or anything you see on the news. The citizens of America shined during this State of the Union because we are the foundation of the country, not the government, and we should act like it in our everyday lives.

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Book Review: The Sun Also Rises

This Ernest Hemingway book highlights a writer living an Upper Class lifestyle in Paris. There’s action and fist fights as well as a good story of a broken love interest. But this is a great piece of literature and a short read. If you’ve read the book, let me know what you think in the comment sections. If you haven’t, read it and let me know!

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QUOTE- J.R.R Tolkien

It’s funny that the author of one of the most epic journeys also authored this quote. But it rings true, since sometimes wandering for sake of exploration can lead to incredible discoveries. The trick is to have a watchful eye.

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Modern Feminism Is A Negative Influence On Women

In light of the recent buzz about the women’s march, it seem necessary to address the ideas that Modern Feminism proclaims. Last year’s march expose the negative sentiments and hierarchy of victimhood that are inherent in this philosophy.

You will notice that the phrase used is Modern Feminism, not Feminism, because the early goals of the feminist movement were noble and oriented around the individual. Wherever Feminism argues for individuality, it is noble, but Modern Feminism attempts to collectivize women under one umbrella of Progressive thought. This deviation from the original goals of Feminism is what will be discussed and criticized below.

The Workplace

Women are regularly told about the wage gap, constant sexism and the glass ceiling. But, how true are these ideas? First, the wage gap is nearly nonexistent, not the 78 cents per dollar that is widely propagated. In reality it is a two to three cent difference, which is largely due to career choices, motherhood, experience, seniority and agreeableness and other traits that are more common to women.

These reasons cannot be applied to an individual woman who makes less money than a man at her job; the cause of that particular discrepancy must be investigated. However, at large, these statistical differences between men and women create disparities. These cannot be fixed by regulation, as has been learned by the fact that despite following the Civil Rights Acts, women still make less. The truth is, women often choose more nurturing jobs like teaching, social work or nursing, which do not earn the same as being a brand manager or sales person. That is not to say that women can’t break away from these jobs and succeed in others, but that is where they gravitate because they match the characteristics of femininity that have been ingrained in women to be good nurturers and mothers.

Modern Feminism has moved to shaming women for not entering the workforce. They push for women to rise to powerful positions to pull women up and discriminate against men. This thinking is not only the exact thinking Feminism originally tried to root out, but it seems to doubt women’s ability to rise on their own. It also guilts women out of wanting to be a mother or compromising on a career to build a home -the most noble of endeavors around which every other job is built to support. Study after study shows that women who are raising a family are happier overall, and while this is definitely not true for each individual, it shows that urging women en masse to abandon motherhood for corporate jobs will likely have negative effects on women’s happiness.

“Reproductive Rights”

This is a loaded topic as well. The idea of “Reproductive Rights” is a broad set of choices that Modern Feminism believes women have the right to make. Do women have the right to use birth control? Yes. If that were all “Reproductive Rights” were about, that would be a valid argument in favor of individuals being able to choose when to have kids carefully and plan their family, or prevent themselves from ever having one if they so choose.

The most pressing problem with “Reproductive Rights,” however, is the demand by Modern Feminists to have it subsidized and provided through tax dollars. There was a sign at the women’s march that said something along the lines of, “If they don’t have to pay for razors, why should I pay for tampons?” (Let’s ignore the fact that men DO have to buy razors and that they are very expensive.) Now, obviously tampons aren’t for birth control, but the same argument is made for the pill and abortions. The defunding of Planned Parenthood is not about attacking “Reproductive Rights,” but saying that the government doesn’t have an obligation to pay for these services. They are currently legal in this system, so a private institution may provide them.

According to Modern Feminist’s logic, the government should be buying guns for any person who wants a gun, and they should be allowed to get them without any background check or issue, because after all, it’s a Right. But everyone realizes that’s a ridiculous idea because a right to a good or service doesn’t exist, but the access to a service or good does. This collectivization of women as an oppressed group that requires government subsidization is not only an attack on individuality, but an insult to women because it asserts that women could not attain these things on their own when there are already no barriers to accessing these services.

Marriage

Marriage was not designed to oppress women, rather it protected them. Men are naturally pigs, that is true (I am a man, and I can tell you that we are). Society has been refined over millennia to reign in men’s tendencies to be brutes. Marriage was instituted to incentivize men to remain loyal to a woman. It was a contract between them that required the men to provide food, shelter and the necessities of life and the woman to take these things the man provided and turn them into a home and raise children.

Marriage was a guarantee for women. Now, as Modern Feminism attacks the institution of marriage, it exposes women to higher risks of single motherhood. If men sleep around and impregnate a woman, they are not the one who deals with the fallout of that decision. This would seem common sense, but it is a fact that is obviously not accounted for in the attacks on marriage. It may not seem fair that women bear that burden, but its an inescapable fact of life, and running away rather than confronting that truth only hurts the women who fall for the lies against marriage.

Last Words

Where Feminism attempts to expand Individualism to include women, it is correct and worthwhile. Everyone should be treated with the dignity and respect due to them for simply being a human being and an Individual. However, Modern Feminism offers an ideology that focuses on collectivizing women into an oppressed group in order to rank in the Progressive Left’s Hierarchy of Victims.

Modern Feminism teaches women to act against their nature and to rely on government to take care of them. This new ideology must be confronted fearlessly and be discussed honestly, devoid of euphemisms that disguise the meaning they intend to convey. This is not an attack on women or Feminism as a whole, but a warning against collectivizing women as a group, because the cost of collectivization is liberty.

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Book Review- Controversial Essays By Thomas Sowell

This book by Thomas Sowell has short essays on topics of all sorts. Some are common debates, but others are niche problems that are often not addressed in common dialogue. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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3 Options That Are Better Than Legalization

People are constantly pushing for legalization for whatever their causes, whether it’s marijuana, prostitution, or the many other regulations on liberty. This article will propose three alternatives to the traditional idea of legalization that the American justice system allows and regularly uses. It will also explain why legalization is not the best option when trying to expand and preserve liberty.

What’s wrong with legalization?

The first thing that needs to be addressed is really mean it hasn’t been legalized? It is simply people asking the government for permission to do something the same way a child would ask his parents to go to his friends house to play. If not only is the government authority over this aspect of life, it sets a precedent for government to grant itself authorization and power to regulate what has been legalized.This is evident in the way that all of the states that have legalized marijuana still experience lots of weed related crime and burdensome regulations. People they are not actually able to walk around smoking a joint without being bothered as activists have been touting. Consumption is still criminalized in plenty of ways. Not to mention, the regulations regarding the production and distribution or more cumbersome than alcohol, and licensing is expensive.This is the reality every time something is legalized. The government basically claims the authority to grant people permission to do something. Instead, people should push to get the government out of the discussion for issues regarding an individual’s choice.That is why it is prudent to choose one of these three options instead:

  1. Decriminalization
  2. Nullification
  3. Enshrinement

Decriminalization

The case for decriminalization is that basically makes an action none of the government’s business. It all but it eliminates The government’s authority to regulate or interfere with transactions regarding commodity or service that is being decriminalized. And example of this is the raw milk debate. This is obviously not as popular as marijuana, but it is the same idea. And most things, if not all, it is illegal for someone to milk the cow and sell it to their neighbor as it is. That is how people drink milk for thousands of years without issue. The real question is, however, does the government have the right to tell you that you can’t buy this commodity? As an adult, shouldn’t you be able to buy something as basic as milk in any form that you would like? This is where the criminalization is key. Instead of legalizing the sale of milk and regulating it, the people should push for the government to have no say in how these transactions occur. There should be no law or mention of raw milk sales in any law. Instead, any bad milk that is sold, gives the person who is hurt the right to sue for damages in a court, but the seller should not be jailed.

Nullification

Notification is one of the most important functions of government that the Founding Fathers enabled. Several of them wrote about the topic of length, especially Thomas Jefferson. It is basically the States deeming a Law unjust, and refusing to follow it, which results in the repeal of an unjust law. Two prime examples of the results of Nullification are the 13th and 21st amendments.

The power of this tool is that it admits to the government overreach of power or mistake, and returns Liberty and Authority to the people. The 10th Amendment Center is highly dedicated to this idea, and as a card-carrying member, I can attest to the importance of their message.

This reassertion of states rights gives people more power and influence over the laws that are enacted on their behalf. Meanwhile, it reduces the size and scope of the federal government’s power. However, this tool is not always affective. But when it is, the results are tremendous.

Enshrinement

Enshrinement is the preservation of a Liberty or Right in law. The Bill of Rights exemplifies this concept, protecting and enshrining the rights to govern oneself and defend oneself against tyranny. This is important, because it is creating laws that restrict government authority. By creating laws to restrain government, the people have rules that they can wield against the expansion of government authority.

These Rights are negative, not positive, which means they are a defense against government intrusion rather than having something provided by government. This is crucial because there are laws specifically mentioning the limitation of the government.

This is been effective in preserving the rights in the Bill of Rights for over 200 years. Obviously, there have been attempts to infringe upon these Rights, but they are normally restored eventually.

Take Free Speech for example. Each time a law is passed that restricts it, the courts come along and strike it down, or the people push back against it because they recognize the danger one law poses to the Right as a whole. People recognize that when a government doesn’t follow the rules it says for itself, danger lives just around the corner. So, putting guidelines in place to restrict government is a way of signaling to the people when they need to act against or reign in government power.

Last Words

Because Legalization makes people prone to the expansion of government, it is necessary to look for other ways to allow for people to take personal liberty without granting power to the government.

Decriminalization tells the government that an action is none of their business and people should be able to exercise their liberty for that instance.

Nullification is the states reclaiming their authority to govern their citizens and pushing the federal government out of people’s lives. this also ensures that people are being governed by an institution in which they have the most influence.

Enshrinement protects citizens from tyranny by providing them with guidelines and standards for their government. With proper institutions and checks and balances, the people can restrain government authority and preserve liberty.

Each of these must be applied to the different situations carefully. They are effective for different scenarios and different expansions of authority. Sometimes more than one may be needed in succession to fully preserve liberty.

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Book Review–The First Philosophers

As you know, at the Conversation of Our Generation, we are trying to build a dialogue and discuss the ideas that affect our society, culture, politics and philosophy. As we discuss the ideas that will define our generation, it is important to look back at the foundations of thought. This book is great for understanding how the dialogue developed and how these ideas are still relevant today.

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QUOTE- Edmund Burke

Retaining what you read is important. Personally, I often have to read slow to retain information. I stop and put my own thoughts in order from time to time.

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Book Review–The Meaning Of Conservatism

With more to come on my political philosophy of Conservative Libertarianism, it’s important to me to bring to you the man who gave me a renewed understanding of Conservatism- Roger Scruton- and his book, The Meaning of Conservatism.

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