the Liberty Essays

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A series of essays on individual freedom and its relevance to life in the 21st century.

Welcome to the Liberty Essays

It has been suggested that democracy is two wolves and a rabbit deciding what to have for lunch. Thank goodness the United States is not a democracy! In our constitutional republic decisions are made by representatives and the constitution serves as the leash that restrains them. Don’t think for a moment that without that leash lunch wouldn’t be rabbit stew.


The framers of the U.S. Constitution felt that there was no safer holder of that leash than “the people”--you and I. Unfortunately, as time has gone by we have loosened our grip upon it. Because it is convenient, because it is easy, because we want to trust those who represent us, we have loosened our grip--and the wolves inch slowly and methodically towards the rabbit.


So who are the wolves and the rabbits? There is no simple answer to that question. On any given issue each of us may play the role of wolf or rabbit.


Feel free to explore the site and, hopefully, reflect on some of the ideas presented. As you may already have noticed, a prominent underlying thread of the Liberty Essays is the United States Constitution itself, a relatively simple document that has had a most profound impact on the world. A document that some hold up as a shield against tyranny and that others try to bend to their own desires. A document that was written plainly yet is interpreted and re-interpreted with each passing generation.


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