February 27, 2018

WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY IT'S JUST FREEDOM:

Liberty is Meaningless without Responsibility (Tyler Brandt, 2/27/18, FEE)

Liberty and responsibility are inseparable. At first glance, this might seem like a paradox due to responsibility being an inherent constraint on liberty. Responsibility is the absence of flexibility and free-flowingness. However, those who truly want liberty also want the self-responsibility entailed.

If they do not pick up the burden of being responsible, then the world falls into a chaotic place.

In each person being their own master, that person also has to accept that the actions they take produce real consequences. That person then has to choose carefully what actions they take as they are the owner of the consequences. Without a fair sense of responsibility, self-directed individuals would not be able to produce a prosperous society.

Having to carry the burden of consequences forces each individual to pick up their own weight and make each corner of their world a better place. For if they do not pick up the burden of being responsible, then the world falls into a chaotic place, a place of disregard. It is in this sense that responsibility is a necessary component of liberty.

A fair bit of confusion here, because the author mistakes liberty for freedom, which republicanism fortunately does not

Posted by at February 27, 2018 6:24 PM

  

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