There are times when I'd like to share something with you but my Voice in the Garden site does not seem the appropriate place, thus, this blog.

There are experiences, thoughts, views... and for anyone lurking/waiting to pounce (as has occurred on several occasions), please do not attempt to turn what I post into a political statement. This is NOT a political site, but IS about occurrences, reality, and personal opinion concerning what I see in the world around me and my family. There are many excellent writers whose works "speak" to me, and I shall include some of them. At times it may be
something I think you would enjoy or simply whatever ails you (me).
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ten Principles of a Free Society

THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF A FREE SOCIETY, by Ron Paul‏

1. Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government.
2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order.
3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.
4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group.
5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves.
6. Government may not claim the monopoly over a people's money and governments must never engage in official counterfeiting, even in the name of macroeconomic stability.
7. Aggressive wars, even when called preventative, and even when they pertain only to trade relations, are forbidden.
8. Jury nullification, that is, the right of jurors to judge the law as well as the facts, is a right of the people and the courtroom norm.
9. All forms of involuntary servitude are prohibited, not only slavery but also conscription, forced association, and forced welfare distribution.
10. Government must obey the law that it expects other people to obey and thereby must never use force to mold behavior, manipulate social outcomes, manage the economy, or tell other countries how to behave.

2 comments:

Sue said...

Interesting.And excellent guidelines. But, like all (ALL)politicians, it's easy to say. What ends up happening is usually entirely different. I think I have been permanently "tainted" when it comes to politics now. I don't trust ANYONE anymore. Sigh.

But a very Happy New Year to you. Let's hope next year is kinder to our gardens (though YOURS sure did look grand)
:)

Diana said...

Neither do we, Sue, and what a shame it is. But we have seen through the lies and corruption, and I don't know how they can clean it up.

Happy New Year to you, too. Our gardens will do well. Yours always brings a smile.