There is a great danger looming. It will be a turning point in history and decide the future for much of the Western world for the next 1,000 years.
This danger is not economic though the economic crisis may trigger it.
If anyone is out there unwilling to see humanity fall back into an age of Endarkenment, these people must start -now- promoting urgently ideas and concepts deriving from freedom.
And this argument must come from a moral center.
Socialist/Leftists/Statists want to argue from a point of the moral high ground – which they will typically start with such a rhetorical statement as: Would you let a man starve?
The Socialists will often agree that as an overall economic system, theirs doesn’t work very well but essentially it is a good idea ethically.
They argue that even though their society may produce many harmful results, it is better because it is moral.
The founder of the FEE, Leonard Reed, however, said this:
He would hate to live in a world in which a good, moral idea produces harmful results.
That would mean that an idea which produces better results–the free market–could be immoral.
But the reason that socialism produces bad results is because it is an immoral idea.
Socialism de-emphasizes self-responsibility and is contrary to the major premise which is founded on the emergence of the individual.
All human action is ultimately individual, and without the firm hold on self-responsibility, human action becomes an atrocity.
The moral argument for freedom is the emphasis of responsibility. The emphasis on responsibility impacts the choices of action for men. How can a man choose wisely if he is not responsible?
Defenders of the freedom and the free market have faced a major obstacles with their arguments, however.
Because the Socialists have always claimed possession of the high moral ground, they have been able to appeal to people’s better instincts in a defense of coercive State power.
They have pointed to the effects of capital shortage–poverty–and have called for programs of coercive wealth redistribution in the name of the downtrodden.
This moral appeal has always been stronger than the dry economists’ technical arguments or the anarchists’ philosophical arguments of human rights.
Even today, in the wake of the collapse of the Communist and Socialist economies, socialism’s moral appeal is still dominant.
But the defenders of freedom must start responding to this moral claim in terms of a rival moral claim.
It has had this moral response to socialism’s rhetorical question: “The pathway to wealth, long term, is not theft but personal responsibility. Theft in the name of the poor is still theft.”
Why is such a moral stance so important?
The People in this nation are ideologically vulnerable. The system they have been taught to believe that was there for their support, protection and benefit is collapsing.
When a People are ideologically vulnerable, they become very easy prey to the application of soft tyranny. It is at this time that the defenders of freedom must articulate themselves loudly.
There are many that believe they can engineer other people’s lives through force.
These men prey on those that believe in a political messiah. The dreams of overnight deliverance rests on the assumption of such political messianism. One of the greatest books ever written on the French Revolution has this title, Political Messianism.
The People in such trying times as these will want to rush to such a messiah – with the disastrous results that always follow.
In 1790, Edmund Burke wrote Reflections on the Revolution in France – probably the greatest work ever written in political theory. He accurately predicted the murderous atrocities of the French Revolution that did not begin for another three years.
He was an opponent of the French Revolution.
Because it was a top-down revolution.
It was being engineered by a handful of men who thought their wisdom was great — so great that they could reshape men’s lives and a nation’s ways of life.
This always leads to tyranny, he said.
If this nation is to avoid the Great Terror, it is now that the articulation of the ideas that founded this nation must be made.
Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.
The argument for this idea must be made on its moral foundations of self-responsibility and a repudiation of those that demand that others can solve the national problems.
Of what I read on SUFA and other blogs, there is a welling-up of a desire to seek some political messiah, someone who will “solve” the great problems of the day, someone who will return the nation to the good and prosperous days – and do so overnight.
I have posted often that such a solution is impossible.
I am now urgently warning that seeking such a person or party who promises such solution will lead this nation on to a path of tyranny and terror.
The solution to the crisis is not coercive force.
The solution to the crisis is not some political promise.
The solution to the crisis is self-responsibility.
The solution will take decades. It cannot happen overnight.
Nothing of any lasting good happens overnight.