Those of you familiar with my Empty Nest Egg blog know that I am a supporter of the idea of limited government. That blog also covers issues associated with entrepreneurship. Though the two topics are closely connected, I believe that my readers are better served by separating the two. Common Sense Liberty will focus almost exclusively on arguments for limited government. I will be discussing current events, but also the history and philosophy behind such ideas and how they can be implemented today.
The form of government embodied in the U.S. Constitution is extremely robust. It has withstood decades of attacks by people who are opposed outright to the idea of freedom and by those who destroy liberty in the name of supposed “good” causes. The true philosophical roots of liberty have slowly been forgotten over the years until we as a people are no longer outraged at governmental intrusions that would have caused a public uprising just a few years ago.
It took decades for the seeds of financial and political ruin to sprout and grow into the menace we see now. I fear that while the past was characterized by governmental “creep,” the future promises a rapid descent into chaos. Crises are nearly always the excuse for tyrants to grab more power. Look for those in office, both Democrat and Republican, to argue for a radical curtailment of our freedom in the aftermath of even worse financial crashes than our current one–crises for which they are almost solely responsible. Expect the next terrorist attack on our soil to be answered not by a declaration of war on the governments that support the vermin, but by further invasions of our privacy. Know that when you are called a traitor for insisting on your liberty, something has gone terribly wrong with your country.
The answer is not ranting, but knowledge. This blog will do its share of pointing out the outrages foisted upon us constantly, but mostly it will provide arguments against those who would take freedom away in the name of the “public good.” It is not enough for us to shout at each other across the street at demonstrations or across the aisle in Congress. We must relearn why freedom is so precious and why attacks on individual liberty nearly always originate with those who crave power.
Yours in freedom.