Monday, December 22, 2014

Building a Culture of Liberty I: Definitions

A free society, where liberty is secure, is necessarily one where you'll find the widespread observance of the voluntary principle (all human relations should happen voluntarily, or not all). Of course, not everyone is required to practice voluntaryism, but enough must so that society remains free, a state of affairs demanded by our psychological needs. Good and well. But how do we obtain a free society? What are the prerequisites? The antecedents? Before we'll have widespread liberty, we must build a culture of liberty. How are cultures built? Everyone knows that we aren't born with a culture. That's a process that occurs over our lifetimes, beginning at birth. Enculturation, socialization, and education are the antecedents for every kind of society we can imagine or observe. When it comes to liberty, it seems best secured through a popular feeling of moral outrage toward its denial. How do we accomplish that? We'll explore what I consider to be a very good answer in the following six-part essay, beginning with definitions.
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