Sustainable freedom: the dilemma

Backwoods Home Magazine
by Claire Wolfe

07/15/06

The left is forever pushing the term 'sustainable.' It seems to mean 'severely limited under central government control.' Permit me to repossess that perfectly good word. Let it mean what it ought to: capable of lasting without artificial props. Then let's apply it where it's desperately needed: Creating Sustainable Freedom. But how? So far, nobody has figured that out. Freedom can't be sustained by bits of paper, however noble their intent. Freedom can't be sustained by guns, useful though guns may be in discouraging both freelance and tax-supported gangsters. Freedom certainly can't be sustained with vast edifices of legislation, regulation, and punishment. That's one of the great cons of all time -- believing the very destroyers of freedom can be freedom's saviors.To endure, freedom must be self-governing and self-regenerating...

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