POLITICAL FREEDOM – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© February 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.

           

Freedom is a word that is used a lot, but its meaning is not always clear.  This is especially important at this time because America is currently deciding how much freedom her people will have. 

She is deciding whether there will be freedom to buy one’s own type of health insurance, for example, and whether there should be much economic or monetary freedom.  Let us explore what freedom really means at a deeper level.

 

FREEDOM IS NOT LICENSE

 

Some people think that freedom means you can do exactly as you wish.  However, this is not freedom, as the word is used on this website and in American law.

Freedom or liberty.  Freedom or liberty, as understood in the American model of society, means that one is free to act, provided one does not impinge or destroy the freedom of others.

License.  The freedom to do exactly as you wish is called license.  It has no bounds, and is no respecter of persons.  For example, it would include the “freedom” to rob, rape, or murder anyone you wish.

In contrast, freedom and liberty, as defined and understood in America and on this website, is always limited by the rights and freedoms of others.  One cannot harm others, since this is an obvious violation of their right to life, liberty and property.  (The human body is one’s most dear and important property.)

 

FREEDOM IS A MIDDLE GROUND BETWEEN SLAVERY AND LICENSE

 

Definition.  Freedom, in one sense, means control over one’s own life.  However, this control over one’s life is always shared with all other citizens, and is valid only to the extent that it does not impinge or destroy the freedom or liberty of others.  This is a vital concept.

 

The opposite. The opposite of this freedom is either slavery or license – the yin and the yang. 

 

Slavery means a person is not in control of his life. Instead, someone else controls the purse strings, or controls the land, or controls the health care system.

License.  As described above, this is a permission to do exactly as one pleases, even if it harms or kills others.

 

TYPES OF FREEDOM IN AMERICA AND ELSEWHERE

 

Political freedom.  In the political sphere, it means control over one’s major life decisions, over one’s destiny militarily, and over the control of all resources.  These include money, homes, roads, autos, air travel and every other possible resource.

 

Religious freedom. This is a very important area today.  It is related to religious freedom, and it is under harsh attack in America and around the world.  America is supposed to have religious freedom, but the current administration is seeking to impose various measures such as supporting abortion, birth control, homosexual marriage and other things on people who do not believe in them.  The current administration, and some past administrations, do not really believe in religious freedom, at all, and they really want to stamp it out.

 

Economic freedom.  Freedom in an economic sense has to do with control over one’s own earnings or income, freedom from unjust or excessive taxation – which is just confiscation of wealth by governments – and the ability to dispose or of use one’s own wealth, property or money as one sees fit. 

For example, having a piece of land is not too helpful if environmental laws prevent one from developing one’s property or business.  Also, reckless government spending, which inflates the money, directly ruins economic freedom of the people by stealing their money.  This needs to be understood and a separate article entitled Inflation, The Hidden Tax, discusses it.

 

The American Bill of Rights also guarantees freedom to bear arms, freedom of speech and of the press, freedom to associate with whomever one chooses, freedom to petition the government for grievances, freedom from spying (the fourth Amendment guarantees the safety of one’s papers), and much more.  All are very important.

In fact, however, freedom means more than these simple rights.  Let us explore freedom in more depth.

 

FREEDOM EQUATES WITH GOODNESS

 

Freedom is the ability to do as you please.  This is not simply a selfish concept, as many believe.  It is also the ability to do good to others, even though others do not necessarily deserve it or ask for it.  This may seem trite, but it is an important quality of freedom that separates Americans from other people around the globe in many instances. 

This quality goes by other names, such as compassion, openness, friendliness, charitableness and others.  It is an important quality, in fact, as it is a mark of an advanced civilization and advanced intellects.  Free people are usually better at realizing what others really need, even if the others do not ask and don’t even know what they need or how to ask for it.

This occurs because people who are in control of their lives often have a much better understanding of what is important in life, and what is required to obtain it.  Slaves, by contrast, do not have this understanding nearly as well.

 

FREEDOM IS BRAVE

 

Bravery is another quality only found in free people.  This is because bravery is the willingness to give up one’s money, one’s reputation, and even one’s life, at times, for a good cause.  Bravery cannot be forced on people, in other words.  Slaves may fight hard and long, but they cannot be said to be brave.  They are simply strong and able. 

Bravery is only possible when one can do as one chooses.  So whether the bravery is championing a new idea, opening a new business venture that may not succeed, starting a new relationship that may not succeed, or something else, bravery is mainly found in people who have a measure of freedom.  To the extent that freedom is extinguished by too much structure and too much control by government, bravery tends to disappear proportionately.

 

FREEDOM IS MORE COMPASSIONATE THAN SLAVERY

 

This is related to the paragraph above about goodness.  However, it is more than this.  Free people tend to be more aware of another’s plight.  I say this because those who are controlled are usually more concerned with their own situation and how to advantage themselves.  Only those who are truly free inside are not controlled, and therefore can be more concerned about others.

This is not to say that all those who live in slavery are less compassionate.  However, overall, freer people are more compassionate than slaves who must always be fighting among themselves for crumbs, or the small handouts that government benefits provide.

 

FREEDOM IS BRIGHTER THAN SLAVERY

 

The word bright, as used here, means that free people tend to be smarter, more capable, more astute and more aware.  Some tend to be more brilliant, which is a similar idea.  This is because freer people are given many more opportunities to use their brains and even their muscles.

Slaves, by contrast, are mainly told what to do and how to act.  This does not build creativity, intelligence, ingenuity and other qualities nearly as well as making more of one’s own decisions.

 

FREEDOM TENDS TO FAVOR EXCELLENT MORALITY COMPARED TO SLAVERY

 

This is a very important distinction.  Those who advocate government control of property, businesses, the environment, medical care, education and other aspects of society believe they are doing the moral thing.  This may seem better in some ways, but it does not produce moral people. 

To develop morals, one must have choices.  As a rule, the more choices one has, the more chance one has to learn moral values and moral principles of behavior, thought and action.

In contrast, when one is controlled by others, one is more like a slave or caged animal who may behave well, but not due to moral development, but rather just out of fear of punishment by the authorities.  This is a very important argument for a free society, rather than a “liberal society”, “open society”, “social democracy” and “social justice”.  The terms in quotes are all buzzwords or code words for socialism and actually communism, as well.

In totalitarian and socialist nations such as some in Europe and Russia, today, people do not uphold as high moral standards, in general, as they do in America.  It is as though if the government is more oppressive and controlling, the people follow this example and oppress each other more.

 

FREE PEOPLE TEND TO BE MORE WHOLESOME THAN SLAVES

 

Free people must control their own lives and make wise decisions at all times to survive and prosper.  For this reason, they learn and they teach their children how to live well, and often how to live wholesomely in order to keep their mental faculties sharp and functioning well.

Slaves, on the other hand, and people living in controlled societies, have no such motive to act wholesomely.  As a result, in most of Europe and even Asia, sexual mores are much worse, as are lying, stealing, drug use and cheating.  As a result, their health and well-being are negatively affected.

 

FREE PEOPLE TEND TO BE MORE RELIGIOUS, OR CONNECTED TO SPIRIT, THAN SLAVES

 

The explanation for this is similar to the explanation in the paragraph above.  Free people tend more to rely on their intuition and spiritual guidance, because they must make personal, business and other types of decisions for themselves on a moment-to-moment and daily basis. 

In contrast, slaves rely on the government to make many decisions.  As a result, they have less need to train the intuitive and spiritual side of themselves to help make decisions.

 

STRUCTURE VERSUS FREEDOM

 

The current struggle between freedom, capitalism and self-control versus more government control can be viewed psychologically.  It is a struggle that goes on inside each person, as well as in the outer society.

Those who favor freedom are those who are confident they can handle it.  They believe they can find their way through the maze of decisions they must make on their own, regarding the use of their resources, in order to live a happy and healthful life.

Those who favor more outer structures such as a bigger, more powerful government rules and regulations, are those who do not believe they can handle their own life.  This is the basic psychological struggle that each person must think about.

 

 

FREEDOM VERSUS MONASTERY VALUES

 

Premise

All people are created equal (with souls) under one God

All are not equal in the eyes of the Creator

 

 

 

Relationship with God

All are made in the image of God, meaning all can advance and become more like God

All are not made in the same image

 

 

 

Power

All are equally sovereign.  Full power resides in the individual at all times.

All are not equally sovereign.  Sovereignty is for the elites.  Equal power is not in all people.

 

 

 

Government

Government is only power that individuals delegate temporarily to a central authority

Government is sovereign, and not dependent upon the consent of the governed.

 

 

 

Role of the government

Government’s main role is to protect individual rights and freedom

Governments main role is to manage and control society, and everyone in it.  The people cannot make good enough decisions.

 

 

 

Sovereignty

The people are sovereign

The government or leaders are sovereign

 

 

 

Sharing sovereignty

One must share sovereignty with all.  This means one’s sovereignty is always limited by that of others

Freedom and sovereignty do not need to be shared. This is supreme arrogance

 

 

 

Justice (type)

Rules and laws apply equally to everyone.  This is called equal justice

Some are exempt from the rules.  This is called “social justice” or “economic justice”

 

 

 

Meting out justice

Do no harm, or the law will come down upon you with full forcde

Not so strict.  The law is mainly for the benefit of the elites or rulers

 

 

 

Due process

Due process of law for everyone

Due process is not that important

 

 

 

Freedom vs. license

Freedom means control over one’s life and decisions, provided they do not impinge or destroy the freedom of others

License means those in charge can do as they see fit, without regard to the rights of others

 

 

 

Inspiration or basis

The entire society is guided by the Holy Bible

Society is guided by other texts. 

 

 

 

Personal guidance

All souls may receive high-quality telepathic guidance

Only the leaders receive high-quality telepathic guidance

 

 

 

Freedoms (examples)

Specifically, freedom means: 1) freedom to speak and to express publicly (freedom of the press), 2) freedom to worship, 3) freedom to associate,  4) freedom to defend one’s body and property, which is the right to bear arms, 5) freedom to conduct a business and earn and keep money, 6) freedom to choose leaders and to petition the government for grievances.  These are the basic freedoms, and there are more (Ninth Amendment to the US Constitution)

These are not necessarily good or helpful for society

 

 

 

Synchonicity,

syntropy,

synergisms,

symbiosis,

systems theory,

chaos theory, the “hidden hand”

Belief in these systems principles, also called the “hidden hand”.  (The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.)(Some chaos is helpful for a complex system.)  This only works if you give people freedom

No belief in the “hidden hand” concept.  Only belief in coincidences or  serendipity.  Chaos is bad.  Complete control is best.

 

 

 

Value of freedom

Liberty or freedom is an absolute value

Liberty is variable and may be traded for security, safety, control or other values

 

 

 

Value of control

As much as possible, put control in the hands of individuals for maximum development

Control should be in the hands of the leaders, and is an important value

 

 

 

Inclusive vs. exclusive and divisive

This is a gentle and all-inclusive view of society

This is a harsher and more exclusive or class society

 

 

 

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