Liberty and Inalienable Rights

Imagine a society with complete voluntary exchange. A refuge where no one is forced to do anything they do not desire to do. Persons may come and go as they please and join groups as they please. A society where individuals are allowed to worship as they see fit as long as no one is physically hurt. Speech would be free, yet polite, as everyone must take responsibility for their words and actions. 

Goods and services will be freely exchanged in between persons, as individuals pursue a better life for themselves. Instead of plunder, basic needs and desires would be supplied through voluntary exchange. A truly free market reigns, and all are responsible for their own safety and their own actions. 
This society is ideal, and the steps to get there are painful in the short run and wonderful in the long run. Anyone who believes in Liberty should work toward this free society. We may not see it in our lifetimes, however striving toward Liberty and justice for all is a noble cause. 
Generations before us fought for this, generations after us will only benefit from this fight. Patriotism is love for your country, not love for your government. Governments are set up to be questioned and challenged. Otherwise the government will claim to be the people, when in reality it should serve the people. 
Government should not be involved with the markets. Markets should not be centralized or run by a group of powerful people. Markets should be free and voluntary, with little to no regulation. Humans do not need the government to parent them or guide them, they simply need to be held responsible for their actions by other humans.  
A common argument is that men and women are not trustworthy, and therefore need a big government to tell them what to do. The major fallacy with this argument is that governments are made up of men and women. If humans are not trustworthy, then why should we then trust a few to be responsible for the livelihood of the many? On the contrary, let the individual be held responsible for themselves. 
When man is responsible for his own well being in a free market, he tends to be more tolerant of those with other views and beliefs. Money talks, as does food and shelter. The market sets the amount of tolerance one is willing to give out. Those who wish to be segregated will voluntarily segregate themselves, rather than forcing all others to segregate by law. 
The argument here is that humans have rights, the Declaration calls them inalienable rights, meaning they cannot be violated. Those rights are life, liberty, and property, among others. These rights cannot be infringed upon by anyone else. The free market is the purest way to exercise these inalienable rights.  


One thought on “Liberty and Inalienable Rights”

  1. I can’t really imagine it except in the sense of an idealistic fantasy. The reason it’s impossible is because most people are not, nor could ever become self-sufficient, and there’s no consistent baseline of value for goods or services in a barter economy. Those who are better at sales would get more for their goods and services, those who are better at making or using weapons could monopolize resources by force, and with no authority structure over the system we would all revert to pre-civilized tribalism (as in “Lord of the Flies”). For all our facility at making art, tools and symbolic structures (language, religion, money), we are still irrevocably mammals, and can’t escape being territorial, fighting to assure place in a hierarchy, or acting with murderous aggression toward perceived threats.


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