Lately there has been much talk about social security and welfare programs. Many people think that we need to care for those less fortunate under threat of violence by government. Before we go any further I want to defiine freedom and slavery.
Definition of FREEDOM
1 : the quality or state of being free: as a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence c: the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous <freedom from care> d: ease, facility <spoke the language with freedom> e: the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken <answered with freedom>
Definition of SLAVERY
slavery [ˈsleɪvərɪ] n 1. (Law) the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune 2. the subjection of a person to another person, esp in being forced into work 3. the condition of being subject to some influence or habit 4. (Business / Industrial Relations & HR Terms) work done in harsh conditions for low pay
Now many Americans believe that one has to "pay" to live in a society...that he must pay penance for this privilege. Currently we work until April 16th with no reimbursement before we are "tax" free. This is slavery. What makes this slavery is people are not given the choice. If I want social security or state sponsored health care it should be my choice to participate...not another person or group of people. That is not freedom, that is slavery.
I own my body, not anyone else. If I choose to do harm to my body, that is my business and not the business of anyone else. I can choose whether I want life saving procedures being done in choosing end of life wishes, why can't we be consistent with this? If I want to die in my home with no health care, should that not be my choice? Why must I be forced against my will mind you under threat of violence and death if need be to participate in a program I do not believe in? How is forcing others into what they do not want morally right? How is thinking that you own other people and what happens in their life moral?
I have yet to hear a sound argument that owning other humans is morally superior to freedom. Liberals and Conservatives in general tell me daily how right it is, but they really come forward with nothing other than the fact that it for the "greater good." Well guess what liberals and conservatives.......slave owners of the past thought that owning others bodies was for the "greater good" as well. Did it make them morally right and superior?
Choice and freedom will always be the answer to slavery and tyranny. Can we have a "safe" society with tyranny? we sure can. If we were stripped search at every street corner and every bit of food monitored I am sure we would live to a ripe old age..and be free of crime. But it that really morally right? Is the argument that the ends justifies the means correct?
I think its not...and sacrificing individual rights is IMMORAL. Just because it is done to "better" society does not change the fact that force and violence are being used to accomplish those goals...and that freewill is stepped on, and the end result will always be a worse society. Slavery is and always will be a failure.
We need to rethink our views on freedom and the role of government. Volunteer actions will always be superior and morally right.