Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Toward Self-Governance

The purpose of this blog is simple: Resurrect from extinction long lost political philosophies. While no political philosophy can be said to be perfect, either in itself or in view of surrounding circumstances, the notions of individual liberty and legal equality are as profoundly revolutionary today as they were 200+ years ago. The political philosophy that I hold is derivative of these classical notions of American liberalism. The belief that government should take a negative role only so far as is necessary to protect individual liberty, and should have a limited positive role in aiding individuals in the execution of self-governance. That more than a government by popular sovereignty government should ultimately be the devise by which the Natural Rights of the individual are recognized and protected as civil rights. As Thomas Jefferson put it: "The rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals"

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