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Freedom has so many dimensions that it is easy to lose some in one area while retaining it in others such that the incremental loss goes virtually unnoticed. For example, property rights: As long as theft is illegal and courts enforce contracts, the people tend to let zoning law decisions slide and are understanding when police and prosecutors have higher priority crimes to deal with.
And then you get the pandemic. All of a sudden wholesale rights are disturbed for the law abiding. Then various criminals are favored as their conduct is let to pass while you are threatened for going to church, going to a restaurant, going to a gym, or not wearing you mask between bites.
And then you have an odd election. One candidate promotes maximum personal liberty and draws crowds. The other candidate hides in the basement, doesn’t take questions, and promotes collective “safety” over individual liberty. The latter guy “wins”?
2021 is going to be a challenge to the notion of freedom either way things play out. If Biden is inaugurated whole swaths of the country will be relying on states’ rights as never before. If President Trump somehow prevails and stays in office, the furies that have attacked him seemingly forever will be unleashed at levels not yet seen.
Either way, our individual wills will be tested in ways as never before.
But for me, No Freedom, No Peace!Published in