February 8 Meeting Summary

We discussed the new book by Mark Levin entitled Ameritopia. A well written book that compares and contrasts the works of Plato, Karl Marx, Thomas More, and Thomas Hobbes with those of John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, and Alexis de Tocqueville. These philosophical pioneers brilliantly diagnosed the nature of man and government. Levin states that the American people must now choose between utopianism or constitutionalism (liberty).

Levin uses a quote from Friedrich Hayek in his book that I believe is the single, most troubling concept that liberals cannot accept as fact. Hayek wrote “Equality of the general rules of law and conduct… is the only kind of equality conducive to liberty and the only equality which we can secure without destroying liberty. Not only has liberty nothing to do with any sort of equality, but it is even bound to produce inequality in many respects. This is the necessary result and part of the justification of individual liberty: if the result of individual liberty did not demonstrate that some manners of living are more successful than others, much of the case for it would vanish”.

The equality we are guaranteed is equality under the law. The inequality he describes is due to the fact that we are all unique. I don’t have the same skills as my neighbor and he hasn’t the skill or background of my experiences in life. Therefore the contributions we make are different based on our ability and we are compensated accordingly.

Should I fall upon hard times, my neighbor is not responsible for my pursuit of happiness nor am I his. It is also not the duty of my government to take from him to ease my burden or make us in some way “equal”. I do however have the freedom to give, out of the kindness of my heart to help my fellow man.

I highly recommend reading Mark Levin Ameritopia.

We discussed free markets and the debt crisis and watched videos by Bill Whittle and Milton Friedman.

Please visit the links to watch these videos and distribute them to all your friends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=661pi6K-8WQ&feature=related Bill Whittle – Eat The Rich!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlTRau_XgGs&feature=youtu.be  Milton Friedman – Free Markets

Our founding fathers were greatly influenced by the works of John Locke. Locke’s Second Treatise of Government was published nearly a century before ratification of our constitution. To learn more, visit http://constitution.org/jl/2ndtreat.htm

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