An Idea Whose Time Has Come – It’s Time to Recapture the Ship!

THE CREED OF FREEDOM

INTRINSIC NATURE OF RIGHTS
I believe that only individuals have rights, not the collective group; that these rights are intrinsic to each individual, not granted by the state; for if the state has the power to grant them, it also has the power to deny them, and that is incompatible with personal liberty.
I believe that a just state derives its power solely from its citizens. Therefore, the state must never presume to do anything beyond what individual citizens also have the right to do. Otherwise, the state is a power unto itself and becomes the master instead of the servant of society. 

SUPREMACY OF THE INDIVIDUAL
I believe that one of the greatest threats to freedom is to allow any group, no matter its numeric superiority, to deny the rights of the minority; and that one of the primary functions of a just state is to protect each individual from the greed and passion of the majority.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE
I believe that desirable social and economic objectives are better achieved by voluntary action than by coercion of law. I believe that social tranquility and brotherhood are better achieved by tolerance, persuasion, and the power of good example than by coercion of law. I believe that those in need are better served by charity, which is the giving of one’s own money, than by welfare, which is the giving of other people’s money through coercion of law.

EQUALITY UNDER LAW
I believe that all citizens should be equal under law, regardless of their national origin, race, religion, gender, education, economic status, life style, or political opinion. Likewise, no class should be given preferential treatment, regardless of the merit or popularity of its cause. To favor one class over another is not equality under law.

PROPER ROLE OF THE STATE
I believe that the proper role of the state is negative, not positive; defensive, not aggressive. It is to protect, not to provide; for if the state is granted the power to provide for some, it must also be able to take from others, and that always leads to legalized plunder and loss of freedom. If the state can give us everything we want, it also must be powerful enough to take from us everything we have. Therefore, the proper function of the state is to protect the lives, liberty, and property of its citizens, nothing more. That state is best which governs least.

G. Edward Griffin

2 Responses

  1. AMEN! Do you recall “JESUS IS A LIBERTARIAN”! Griffin does a great job expounding upon personal liberty (and dignity), and if you study, you’ll see Christ was preaching these principles in social matters. No king but King Jesus!

  2. Good talk, Ed!
    I was particularly impressed with your suggestion that we need a “holographic” organizational system. I quite agree. However, I am convinced that it isn’t enough to have all of us agree on the principles embodied in the Creed of Freedom. It is important to have a mechanism by which those principles get translated into ethical decisions – and hence ethical actions.

    In order to achieve this it is important that we understand that our enemy uses the organizational methods of HIERARCHY – a tool specifically designed to enable power brokerage and its corrupting influence.

    To create a truly holographic organization, I suggest we use a wholly different tool – The HoloMat, which is a non-hierarchic organizational structure that is only capable of wielding power by ethical means.

    So, as a contribution to the cause, I invite you and your audience to read the short article, Ethics, Law, & Government that you will find at http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/017302-2007-04-13-ethics-law-government.htm as well as the Constitution of Titania at this web address: http://titanians.org/CONSTITUTION.htm AND the Titanian Code of honor, located here: http://www.titanians.org/CODE.htm.

    I think you will find that these three items are completely compatible with the Creed of Freedom – AND will provide the mechanism NEEDED for our society to evolve socially and ethically.

    Live Free,
    Bob Podolsky

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