THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 827, June 28, 2015
The United States of America
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
With the Second and Fourth of July coming up it is worth remembering what exactly the Declaration of Independence is all about.
The Declaration of Independence is a document stating why the Americans were rebelling against British Rule and why they were justified in doing so. In doing so Mr. Jefferson summed up the Social Contract Theory in three sentences, some of the greatest rhetoric in human history.
(Digression: I feel these words are divinely inspired, as in the Paraclete descended on Jefferson when he was writing them. I do not say this lightly or with intention to mock believers or non believers):
Lately I have seen writings by both conservatives and soi disant "progressives" emphasizing the first two sentences and calling for people to submit to the authority of the state. However, the Declaration of Independence is not about these two sentences, it is about the third sentence, emphasized in this message in red. It's about why sometimes good little boys and girls need to be very naughty, that there is a time to confound these buggers and misbehave. (Thank you Joss Whedon)
1776 was such a time. It seems another such time is coming if it is not already here.
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