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November 22, 2005

Introducing the Liberty Papers

by Eric

Over the past few days I’ve been teasing folks with very brief posts about “The Liberty Papers”. Well, the teasing is over. We are here and live.

So, now it seems that it’s time to introduce the Liberty Papers.

We are a group of people who hold some very specific beliefs. We believe that the theories of individual, inherent rights and government of what is now known as classic liberal theory are the correct political theory. We believe that failing to understand the reality of market economics, individual motivation, and politics leads to tragedy as the world has seen so many times over in Russia, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Yugoslavia, Cuba, France and many other places around the world. The Declaration of Independence is not just the document that told the British Crown that its American colonies were an independent nation. It is a Declaration that henceforth men would no longer be subject to oppressive government that traded their individual liberties and rights for the paternalism of government. It is the best single expression and declaration of the rights and responsibilities of the individual, including the source of the powers of government. We believe that the United States Constitution is the best attempt by man to take these ideas and turn them into practical, political reality.

All of us are experienced bloggers, we’ve written, in the aggregate, literally hundreds of thousands of words on a wide variety of topics. Always, though, there has been a steady theme of classic liberal belief running through those words. Some people, today, might call that set of beliefs “libertarian”, but there are differences between libertarians and classic liberalism. We are not pacifists, we are not libertines who merely want our vices to be legal. Most, if not all, of us believe that the use of drugs, for example, is a very bad idea, and one that creates issues for the individual, the family, the society. But, we believe the oppression that comes with dictating morals and personal behavior, through collective action and the law, is far worse, and far more destructive to society, than the use of narcotics. We are not anarchists. There is a legitimate purpose for government. Government derives its just powers from the consent of those who will be governed by it. In order to promote the ability of individuals to consent, we must provide a means for them to consent. That can be by the act of participating, by voting, by becoming part of the government. It can also be by the ability to move from one location to another in order to select a government that better fits the desires of the individual. And thus a system such as our Founding Fathers proposed, where the Federal government has extremely limited powers, just those needed at the national level, such as money and coin, national defense, treaty making and the like, while the states and the individuals retain all other power. Then, if you don’t like the government of California, you can move to Nevada, if it is more to your liking. Voting with your feet is a powerful mechanism for consent. Unfortunately, with the states emasculated and most power vested in our Federal government, this is no longer possible today.

So, why this blog? Our goal is a place where we can write on Liberty. We aim to be the place you come to when you want to read political thought from a classic liberal perspective. There’s many other places on the web you can go for freedom and liberty writing. You can visit Catallarchy for anarcho-capitalist writing, or Q And O for neo-libertarian writing (a blend, really, of neo-conservative and libertarian perspectives). So, we aim to be the place you go for liberal thought from a classic perspective. Expect to see a wide variety of writing, as we have a wide variety of contributors. If you look to the left side bar, you’ll see a list of our contributors. Each of them is introducing themselves and the list gives you a link to their introduction. Stop by and visit them, and you’ll find some interesting folks, all of whom are great writers.

We expect to have a lot of good content every day. With this many contributors, if each of us writes 2 to 3 good pieces a week, you are going to see a lot of content coming out. Some of it long, some of it short. One thing you can expect to see, I hope, is some longer liberty writing. Our goal is for the Liberty Papers to be the pre-eminent location on the web for writing on life, liberty and property. And that means that sometimes we need to write more than 800 to 1000 words, which is about the extent of what a blog entry can contain and be effective. We’ll publish those longer pieces as “Liberty Papers”, possibly in a PDF format as well as an HTML format.

So, come one, come all and visit The Liberty Papers. Tell your friends, while you’re at it. Link us, vist us, write about us, disagree with us, engage us in comments and dialogue.


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14 Comments

  1. You Don’t Have To Wait Anymore

    As promised, The Liberty Papers is now real. I’ve introduced us to the world in a post with a stunningly original title: Introducing The Liberty Papers. Just as a teaser: We are a group of people who hold some very…

    Trackback by Eric's Grumbles Before The Grave — November 22, 2005 @ 1:37 pm
  2. You have caught my interest. I will be back.

    Comment by Pat in NC — November 22, 2005 @ 2:22 pm
  3. You need RSS guys.

    No Feed = No Read

    Comment by KipEsquire — November 22, 2005 @ 2:33 pm
  4. Introducing The Liberty Papers

    Update: Eric has a longer post up this afternoon explaining what this new blog is all about. Its title, conveniently enough, is Introducing The Liberty Papers

    Trackback by Below The Beltway — November 22, 2005 @ 2:41 pm
  5. http://thelibertypapers.org/feed/ or http://thelibertypapers.org/feed/atom/

    Firefox, of course, shows you that in the address bar, so I forget that Internet Explorer is a dark ages browser that doesn’t recognize the existence of things like news feeds. I’ll put a link to it on the blog.

    Comment by admin — November 22, 2005 @ 2:49 pm
  6. Most Excellent. I have added your link to the Rebellion Coffee libertarian blog. Keep up the good work!

    Sincerely,

    Rebellion Coffee

    Comment by Rebellion Coffee — November 22, 2005 @ 4:45 pm
  7. Great idea, and a Marauding Marsupial already too! I am totally linking.

    ch

    Comment by Cody Herche — November 22, 2005 @ 6:31 pm
  8. I’ll be adding a link to my own blog. A very compelling begining.

    Comment by Peter Porcupine — November 22, 2005 @ 7:27 pm
  9. Introducing the Liberty Papers

    A new libertarian group blog has launched with the debut of the Liberty Papers.
    Eric Cowperthwaite, proprietor of Eric’s Grumbles Before the Grave and founder of the Life, Liberty, Property community, has gathered together a bevy of contributor…

    Trackback by Target Centermass — November 22, 2005 @ 8:23 pm
  10. The Liberty Papers

    I urge you all to take a peek at The Liberty Papers. This blog will feature rich content focusing on liberty in the U.S. from a classic liberal perspective. Trust me it will be a great read….

    Trackback by Everyman Chronicles — November 23, 2005 @ 2:04 am
  11. Carnival Of Liberty XXII

    Good morning and welcome to Carnival Of Liberty XXII, hosted this week here at Below The Beltway. Its been quite an experience pulling together this carnival and I’d like to thank Eric Cowperthwaite of Eric’s Grumbles Before The Grave for giving me t…

    Trackback by Below The Beltway — November 29, 2005 @ 3:38 am
  12. [...] Another feature is the introduction of The Liberty Papers a blog I shall be keeping my eye on. [...]

    Pingback by SpeckBlog » Blog Archive » Carnival Of Liberty XXII — November 29, 2005 @ 9:08 pm
  13. Just a quick peek today, but this looks like a great site, not just for a diehard Massachusetts Liberal like me, but anyone wanting progress and preservation of our Constitutional rights. I’ll definitely be back! BTW, will you be addressing the issue of children’s rights…or rather the LACK of them? No one seems to do this.

    Ciao!

    Comment by athena — December 1, 2005 @ 8:45 am
  14. [...] You can find more about that here [...]

    Pingback by cybervassals » TA-DA-DA! We have new blogs people! — December 12, 2005 @ 5:58 am

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