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A stable and just society requires precepts and standards that its members accept, which become the framework within which those members can live their lives in an honest and productive manner. A fundamental principle was enunciated centuries ago by thoughtful men who were concerned with the dignity and worth of the individual — a principle that can provide those very precepts and standards.
It is the Principle of Equal Freedom. This book was written to help carry that principle forward, to expand upon the implications of the principle, and hopefully to convince others to adopt the principle as the foundation of their lives.
A free society needs a foundation on which to evaluate actions and expectations. A strong, comprehensive principle makes the best foundation, a foundation that remains constant across the years.
With such a foundation, people can go about their lives knowing what is expected of them and what they can reasonably expect of others. Where the foundation is a principle, a society and its people have the greatest freedom and flexibility in adapting to the inevitable changes that life brings.
In contrast, a coercive society is controlled by a massive set of arbitrary laws, most of which are in place to favor certain factions in the society. These laws strongly constrain the lives of people and rigidify the society, reducing their ability to adapt to changing conditions.
The arbitrary laws and social rigidity assure that freedom, justice, and peace are generally unobtainable within the society. Freedom requires no justification; no appeals to nature, deity, or other sources are needed. People can have freedom whenever they establish it for themselves and defend it.
In the world as it is today, the moment that defense stops, freedom is lost. Once lost, it is very difficult to regain. Societies can exist and function well without institutional coercion and fraud.
They can provide freedom for their people and well-being beyond any that can be achieved when liberty is compromised. Free societies do not provide all of the features of contemporary life: Their people would have to learn how to get along without those features of primitive civilization.
No society and no government now on Earth have a clear principle underlying their functioning to fully protect the individual. Very few individuals have a clear principle to guide their actions and define their ethics.
Most of what guides individuals is what their parents, teachers, and religious leaders told them when they were children, modified a bit by experience. The premise of this book is that things sociological work better and provide more justice when a clear, moral principle is in place.
The history of sociological work on the best form of society is filled with assumptions that have not always stood up under close scrutiny. Those assumptions have included premises such as: This work is concerned with the latter premise, that individual freedom should prevail.
This is in stark contrast with contemporary society where the State prevails while granting a few protections to its subjects.
The Possibility of Freedom Freedom is about liberty and property, but, moreover, it is the elimination of coercion and fraud as social institutions.
A free society cannot have coercion and fraud as social institutions. Over three hundred years ago, John Locke wrote on equal freedom, property, and upholding natural law: Gustave de Molinari showed in how private companies could provide that protection of lives and properties.Equitas would like to thank all the sponsors, partners and friends who participated in our annual event.
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For the concept of "equality" achieved its widespread popularity during the classical liberal movements of the 18th century, when it meant, not uniformity of status or income, but freedom for each and every man, without exception.
In short, "equality" in those days meant the liberation and individualist concept of full liberty for all persons. Freedom for All Massachusetts is a bipartisan coalition of families, safety advocates, faith leaders, businesses and more standing together to urge a YES vote on Question 3 to uphold dignity and respect for transgender people at the ballot box this November.
“For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” a traveling exhibition developed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, explored how news photos and other imagery were used to influence attitudes toward racial equality.
However, that cannot be taken as a sign of equality, equity, or freedom for all within economics/business. Yes, we are all “free” to participate in business. However, without equity, most of us will fail. Without equity, that participation is a false hope — a false freedom.