A priority of humanity throughout history has been life, liberty, and possessions, but social planners make glittering promises. Do we want to chase this subterfuge in exchange for the control of God-given rights? What about the enjoyment of the fruits of man’s labor?
“Kings or parliaments could not give the rights essential to happiness . . . We claim them from a higher source–from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth. They are not annexed to us by parchments and seals. They are created in us by the decrees of Providence . . . It would be an insult on the divine Majesty to say, that he has given or allowed any man or body of men a right to make me miserable. If no man or body of men has such a right, I have a right to be happy. If there can be no happiness without freedom, I have a right to be free. If I cannot enjoy freedom without security of property, I have a right to be thus secured” (John Dickinson, Reply to a Committee in Barbados, 1766).
The pillars for liberty are embedded in the belief in the Biblical God who promotes not only morality, but adherence to the work ethic. “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thess. 3:10). The economics of liberty require honest accommodation to these basic truths, well summarized by the American Economic Foundation in the following four paragraphs:
- Nothing in our material world can come from nowhere or go nowhere, nor can it be free: everything in our economic life has a source, a destination and a cost that must be paid.
- Government is never a source of goods. Everything produced is produced by the people, and everything that government gives to the people, it must first take from the people.
- The only valuable money that government has to spend is that money taxed or borrowed out of the people’s earnings. When government decides to spend more than it has thus received, that extra unearned money is created out of thin air, through the banks, and, when spent, takes on value only by reducing the value of all money and savings.
- The productivity of the tools–that is, the efficiency of the human energy applied in connection with their use–has always been highest in a competitive society in which the economic decisions are made by millions of progress-seeking individuals, rather than in a state-planned society in which those decisions are made by a handful of all-powerful people, regardless of how well-meaning, unselfish, sincere and intelligent those people may be.
Victims of censorship are suffering the debasing effect of clamoring for utopian goals in ecology, health, safety, welfare, etc. Sincere and well-intentioned citizens are falling in line as collectivist master-minds succeed in the control of education, media, government and our culture. Ignorant, they see these unrealistic goal levels in terms of a divine right of Kings, but they ultimately take away the independence of the common men and women. The American system, with government limited in taxing and regulating powers, gives the common people status to enjoy life and progress, learning from running their own affairs. Wherever the controls, the money, and ownership are vested, that is where the power is. American principles, when implemented, are unique at this point; the common people have the power, and the would-be government elite are kept down.
Governments historically have been just the opposite. Instead of our rights coming from God, this divine prerogative is taken by government collectivists who would force us to submit to their surveillance and come to them to get authority for the exercise of a right to live, to own property and to use it. Visionary and unrealistic goals are used by communists and other secular strategists to bait the victims of censorship into working toward the surrender of liberty and yielding up the fruit of their labor.
~ David Norris