There has been way to much talk AND press given to this Young Americans for (limited) Freedom (YAF)… and I’m not sure why. Have we forgotten the warnings we were given? Just last year, Ryan Sorba pulled the stunt on CPAC’s stage last year, calling out Jeff Frazee and Young Americans for Liberty, for what? Well, for having a PRO-Freedom stance, rather than a limited freedom stance like YAF does. Just in case you missed that, I got the whole thing on video.
Secondly, we were warned by Murray Rothbard, the man himself!
“For note what the fusionists are saying behind their seemingly libertarian rhetoric. The only liberty they are willing to grant is a liberty within “tradition,” within “order,” in other words a weak and puny false imitation of liberty within a framework dictated by the State apparatus. Let us consider the typically YAFite-fusionist position on various critical issues. Surely, you might say, the fusionists are in favor of a free-market economy. But are they indeed? The fusionists, for example, favor the outlawry of marijuana and other drugs – after some hemming and hawing, of course, and much hogwash about “community responsibility,” values and the ontological order – but outlawry just the same. Every time some kid is busted for pot-smoking you can pin much of the responsibility on the Conservative Movement and its fusionist-Buckleyite misleaders.”
“When YAF was founded, on the Buckley estate at Sharon, Connecticut, there was heavy sentiment among the founders against the title, because, they said, “freedom is a left-wing word.” But the “fusionists” won out, and freedom was included in the title. In retrospect, it is clear that this was a shame, because all that happened was that the precious word “freedom” came to be used as an Orwellian cloak for its very opposite. Why don’t you leave now, and let the “F” in YAF stand then for what it has secretly stood for all along – “fascism”?”
Read the letter in it’s entirety here
The Freedom/ Liberty movement is represented by organizations such as Young Americans for Liberty, Campaign for Liberty & The Future Freedom Foundation. Ron Paul has been the lone voice of Freedom for over 30 years. Now he has some help, with Rep. Justin Amash getting elected, as well as Dr./ Senator Rand Paul (his son).
Ron Paul knows, and thoroughly understands the philosophy of freedom. You can’t compel, force, coerce or aggress an individual into doing anything and claim you support freedom. Anything voluntary, in a free society should be permissible; so as long as “individual A” isn’t harming “individual B’s” person or property as well as their liberty – people’s freedoms need to be tolerated! We are supposed to live in a Constitutional Republic.. and we are FAR from it! We live in a Democracy, which the founders feared and despised because they cherished liberty!
Thomas Jefferson once said, “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” We aren’t supposed to be living in a system that the majority rules over the minority, that is the opposite of freedom.
Ron Paul gave an interview today with CNN Good Morning America today and was asked, “why do you think you won the CPAC Straw poll?” Ron Paul replies, “Maybe it’s because the young people like the message of Freedom. I talk a different message, obviously than the other candidates. I talk about personal liberty, personal choices which is something the others don’t talk about; and the foreign policy is quite different. I make sure they know that I never want to re-institute the draft, no draft registration, and I don’t ever want to go to war without a declaration. They see war and our foreign policy as a drain….. and everyone knows I’m a fiscal conservative before it was popular and it comes together, and young people realize that something has to change because the burden is falling on their shoulders.”
He goes on to say, “What I talk about is freedom and let people make their own choices. I make the point that our social lives and our religious lives in the First Amendment you get to make your own choices and therefore we should be tolerant of others. It’s the same message I apply to Economics which is a challenge to the “left” because I want everyone to make their own choices about how they spend their money. It makes a lot of sense and it comes together.
Furthermore he goes on to say, “Now if I have conservative values, I just happen to accept the fact that you can’t compel people [to do things]. You can’t compel other nations to live the way we want, and we can’t compel individuals. I want people to not use drugs, but I think it’s a responsibility of the parents, and the communities and the church. No matter how much compulsion, you know prohibition wasn’t successful. Prohibition in personal lifestyles and prohibition in how we live just doesn’t work…. that’s why I opt on the side of Voluntarism.”
I’ve been saying for a while, the problem with people who don’t understand or accept the philosophy of freedom is that those people think they can dissect it, like it’s some sort of cancer in someones body. You can NOT dissect freedom, by picking and choosing what you agree with, support, favor etc. Freedom is all-inclusive. If you don’t like someones liberty to voluntarily do anything individually or with another person (or group, consensually of course) then you need to deal with it, tolerate it and move on. Being tolerant of someone’s liberty does not mean you support or accept it, it simply means you, with some degree of patience and compassion tolerate other people’s individual liberty!
Many religious folks, whether Christian or Muslim.. or anything in between think that their religious beliefs given them a right to “tread” on people’s individual rights & freedom of choice. Well I’ll tell you what I know, and what I believe.
The God that I know, has given people freedom of choice and free will from day one. He certainly does not use force or coercion to draw people to him. If people choose to disbelieve and reject him, he’s given people that right and that ability. Therefore those people do not have any reason to follow his law/ commands. In saying that, just because someone rejects God doesn’t mean they get their (IMO) God given freedoms taken from them.
Whether you have good intentions or not, FORCE, and Coercion are the antecedent of Freedom.
“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” ~Louis D. Brandeis
“Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.” ~Thomas Macaulay
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” ~James Madison, speech, Virginia Convention, 1788
In conclusion, “Young Americans for Freedom” hasn’t done anything in years. They’ve been on a desperate attempt to reignite the little following they had. It’s no surprise that they are a statist organization. They do NOT and have NEVER represented REAL FREEDOM. They are no different from a neoconservative or progressive, who thinks it’s a good idea to regulate or intervene in the life of an individual, or our economy or foreign nations for what reason or another.