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Walter E. Williams's American Contempt for Liberty PDF

By Walter E. Williams

All through heritage, own liberty, loose markets, and peaceful, voluntary exchanges were roundly denounced through tyrants and sometimes greeted with suspicion through most of the people. regrettably, american citizens have more and more authorized the tyrannical rules of lowered inner most estate rights and decreased rights to earnings, and became enamored with regulations on own liberty and regulate by means of govt. during this most up-to-date number of essays chosen from his syndicated newspaper columns, Walter E. Williams takes on various debatable matters surrounding race, schooling, the surroundings, the structure, well-being care, overseas coverage, and extra. Skewering the self-righteous and self-important forces all through society, he makes the case for what he calls the "the ethical superiority of non-public liberty and its major ingredient—limited government." together with his ordinary trouble-free insights and honesty, Williams unearths the lack of liberty in approximately each very important element of our lives, the large decline in our values, and the ethical tragedy that has befallen american citizens at the present time: our trust that it truly is appropriate for the govt to forcibly use one American to serve the needs of one other.

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To prevent this kind of contract impairment—routinely done under the Articles of Confederation—was precisely why the framers added the clause. indd 29 2/26/15 5:10 PM 30 | American Contempt for Liberty Deal, when the government nationalized gold and made it a felony for any American to own gold. Not only was gold ownership made illegal but it nullified all “gold clauses” in private and government contracts. Writing contracts in gold was a way people protected themselves against government theft, namely inflation.

The Bill of Rights should serve as a constant reminder of the deep distrust that our founders had of government. They knew that some government was necessary but they rightfully saw government as the enemy of the people and they sought to limit government and provide us with protections. After the 1787 Constitutional Convention, there were intense ratification debates about the proposed Constitution. Both James Madison and Alexander Hamilton expressed grave reservations about Thomas Jefferson’s, George Mason’s, and others’ insistence that the Constitution be amended by the Bill of Rights.

Indd 14 2/26/15 5:10 PM Constitution | 15 The Founders’ Vision versus Ours July 7, 2010 The celebration of our founders’ 1776 revolt against King George III and the English Parliament is over. Let’s reflect how the founders might judge today’s Americans and how today’s Americans might judge them. ” He later added, “[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. ” What would the founders think about our respect for democracy and majority rule?

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