Looking at the state of the ‘free world’ today, I am convinced that it has forgotten its foundations. If there is to be any hope of returning to a community of free and self-governing societies, then the world is going to have to re-learn the principles upon which freedom is built. It is for this reason that I feel compelled to pick this blog back up: so that there might be some record to preserve the principles by which a free people must live.
To put things bluntly:
There is but one purpose for any legitimate government: the protection of life, liberty and property. In this case, I am using the word ‘legitimate’ to define a government that conforms to the principles of Natural Law — as Locke would have understood Natural Law. For it is only when a government is operated by these principles that it can claim to be ‘legitimate.’ Anything else is but a form of tyranny.
With that said, let us return to the first record in which Man expressed these foundational beliefs:
In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
As of this moment, all levels of government within the several States — local, State and Federal — are in breech of the agreement by which they are made ‘legitimate.’ By this, I mean that they are no longer performing their primary duties the the People: protecting the lives, liberties and property of their Citizens.
What’s more, the People have been demanding redresses of the ever decaying state of governmental protection in this nation for decades, hereby placing the People of the several States in a position where they now have a duty to do something about the despotism which now grips this nation. The People have a duty to dissolve what are unarguably failed governments and to replace them with new, legitimate governments which operate by the principles of Natural Law.
Anything less than this will lead to an ageless tyranny from which it is unlikely Man will ever extricate himself. Unfortunately, the number of American Citizens who still posses a knowledgeable command of the principles governing Natural Law sufficient to rebuild legitimate governments is woefully inadequate to the task at hand. Not to mention the willingness of an unruly People to accept the leadership of such men and women were they to be found. Therefore, if we are to survive the current crisis and return to legitimate government, it will only be by raising up a new generation of Statesmen and women who not only know and understand the principles of Natural Law, but who also have the courage and skill necessary to lead said unruly People.
To this end, I cannot find strong enough words to urge those who still read this blog to read ‘The Law,’ by Frédéric Bastiat.
THE LAW (pdf)
This will serve as a primer: a foundation upon which to build the rest the principles governing the theory of Natural Law. I will strive to continue this blog, and to walk whoever is reading it through the principles the world has forgotten. However, the reader must do his or her part. The reader must read and study the material presented as I go along. Otherwise, it will all be for naught, and the nation will not be the only thing that is lost. Man will lose whatever freedom he has known — forever!