"In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense; and have no other preliminaries to settle with the reader, than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put on rather than off, the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ron Paul's 10 Principles Of A Free Society

Having just finished reading "The Good Doctor" Ron Paul's book, Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom*, I felt compelled to share a tiny piece of it with you. At the very end of the book (the appendix, in fact), Ron Paul added what I considered the most important part of the book:

"The ten principles of a free society:

1. Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government. 

2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order.

3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.

4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group.

5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves.

6. Government may not claim the monopoly over a people's money and government must never engage in official counterfeiting, even in the name of macroeconomic stability.

7. Aggressive wars, even when called preventative, and even when they pertain only to trade relations, are forbidden.

8. Jury nullification, that is, the right of jurors to judge the law as well as the facts, is a right of the people and the courtroom norm.

9. All forms of involuntary servitude are prohibited, not only slavery but also conscription, forced association, and forced welfare distribution. 

10. Government must obey the law that it expects other people to obey and thereby must never use force to mold behavior, manipulate social outcomes, manage the economy, or tell other countries how to behave."

The Good Doctor left a prescription of ten principles for us to follow in order to remedy our ailing country and communities. Without a doubt, if we were to adopt these ideas as our common values and put in a little hard work, we may just be able to reach a truly voluntary, liberty-loving society. Share this if you agree.

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