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Wednesday, 26 August 2009 13:49
 The Philosophy of Liberty

By David M. Voth


You’ve heard me talk about freedom and read my writings on Freedom and Liberty. Some people still don’t get it. What are we all going on about? Well, at the end of my brief introduction you’ll find a link. Please watch this short (8 minute) animated video and it will give you the philosophy of liberty in a nutshell.


First, the difference between liberty and tyranny…


“Every variety of tyranny rests upon the belief that some persons have a right—or even a duty—to impose their wills upon other people. Tyranny may be fastened upon others by the mere whim of one man, such as a king or dictator under various names. Or tyranny may be imposed upon a minority “for their own good” by a democratically elected majority. But in any case, tyranny is always a denial—or a misunderstanding—of the mandates of an authority or law higher than man himself.” –Rev. Edmund A. Opitz


In contrast to tyranny, the philosophy of liberty is based on self-ownership.


“The basic axiom of libertarian political theory holds that every man is a self-owner, having absolute jurisdiction over his own body. In effect, this means that no one else may justly invade, or aggress against, another’s person. It follows then that each person justly owns whatever previously unowned resources he appropriates or ‘mixes his labor with’. From these twin axioms– self-ownership and ‘homesteading’–stem the justification for the entire system of property rights titles in a free market society.” –Murray N. Rothbard, “Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution,” Cato Journal, Vol. 2 (1982): 60-61.


If you’ve never heard of or been introduced to the concept of self-ownership, it can be hard to understand—even though the concept is quite simple. By conditioning many people erroneously believe we have a master. The first thing everyone must do to be free is to truly understand the philosophy of liberty. To become fully conscious.


“Liberty is not a goal; it is a way of life. Liberty is not a battle that requires the conversion of others in order to win. Liberty is won when you accept the idea that you are the sole mater of your life, when your life is subordinate to none, and no other life is subordinate to yours. When you accept that idea, you are liberated. There will always be those who will claim to be your master but you will know otherwise.” –Louis E. Carabini


The link below will take you to a simple but elegant and hard-hitting animation that will explain exactly what the philosophy of liberty and self-ownership is all about. It’s a great tool anyone can use to educate children and adults about our right to life, liberty, and the property we create – and our responsibility to think, speak and act.


I encourage everyone to watch this short video and recommend it to everyone who wants to understand the philosophy of true personal liberty. Remember: “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

–Johann W. Goethe




For more info and/or to download a free DVD version of this video, see:




“To be governed is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censored, checked, valued, enrolled, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.”

–Pierre-Joseph Proudhon


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