May 20, 2005

ORDER FROM WITHIN OR WITHOUT:

Liberty Quotes (5/20/05)

Government of the self was the original basis for republican government, reflecting the view that civil society was much more than politics. Society was made up of men and women who gave order to their lives by entering into associations on a voluntary basis, quite apart from government, for all the various reasons of fellowship, philanthrophy, faith and commerce.
--Hans L. Eicholz, Senior Fellow at the Liberty Fund

It follows that the modern secularist argument against government of the self is ultimately destructive of the Republic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 20, 2005 8:24 AM
Comments

Of course it is. That's the statist program.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at May 20, 2005 12:36 PM

Very true. But it remains so much more thrilling and less complicated for the contented monad to simply point the will and pull the trigger.

Posted by: Luciferous at May 20, 2005 3:52 PM

One afternoon about 35 years ago I was in a graduate American History course taught by Shaw Livermore, a wonderful man, and he asked the question: "How can you have self-government, if you cannot govern yourselves?"

It was perhaps the begining of my conversion.

I was therefor thrilled to hear President Bush say in his Second Inaugural:

In America's ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private character - on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of conscience in our own lives. Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self. That edifice of character is built in families, supported by communities with standards, and sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the varied faiths of our people. Americans move forward in every generation by reaffirming all that is good and true that came before - ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Posted by: Robert Schwartz at May 20, 2005 5:11 PM
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