D4L UPDATE for 12/21/2011
by Chuck Donovan
“Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.” – F.A. Hayek
– North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il is dead. If we wish to achieve liberty one of the things it is important to understand is what a life without liberty looks like. North Korea provides us an insight to what happens when government becomes the center to everything in your life, all of your life.
North Korea has no problems with entitlement programs, illegal immigration, education standards, or terrorism. There are no questions about issues such as morality, ethics, integration, or tolerance. Things such as quality, organizing labor, or the gulf between rick an poor are never discussed. Freedom of speech, association, contract, worship, movement, or the right to bear personal arms are never questioned. Even something as seemingly mundane as access to the internet is not a challenge for North Koreans. Once people have chosen to be governed this way there is only one item under the heading of freedom. You may choose when to die.
The Cato Institute has made some comment on the situation there.
- North Korea: The King Is Dead, Long Live the King, by Doug Bandow
- Podcast – North Korea’s Next Steps
RECOMMENDED INFORMATION OF THE WEEK
In a press release from the Libertarian Party on December 15th, Executive Director Wes Benedict wrote the following:
“Libertarians say Bill of Rights Day is reminder of need to downsize Big Government WASHINGTON – Today, December 15, libertarians celebrate Bill of Rights Day. On December 15, 1791 the Bill of Rights was ratified, creating the first Ten Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The Libertarian Party platform expressly supports the Bill of Rights and calls for restoring our freedoms lost as a result of laws passed in violation of the Constitution by Democratic and Republican politicians. The Bill of Rights guarantees important individual freedoms and restrains the powers of the federal government.Among them, our rights to free speech, self-defense and justice. These restraints were later extended to the states with the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Democrats and Republicans regularly violate the Bill of Rights, especially the Tenth Amendment which states that the powers of the federal government are strictly limited to those enumerated in Article 1, section 8 of the Constitution – a short list which stands in stark contrast to the incalculably long list of functions comprised by today’s Big Government.”
The full text of the message is available through this link: http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/libertarians-say-bill-of-rights-day-is-reminder-of-need-to-downsize-big-governmet