Episode 11, #Walk Away

Episode 11, #Walk Away. My walk away from from mass compulsion of everything.

When I am around conservative republicans, I become a classical liberal and I push for transparency, open discussion, and for common consent. In other words, I want every idea on the table and I become an advocate for freedom. This is the kind of thinking we had with the original first liberals, as far back as the mid 1800’s with John Stewart Mill who wrote in his Essay “On Liberty” that “The silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility.” He also wrote a book titled The Subjection of Women. In that he argued for the equality of women, and he was a first spokesperson for equal rights. Not social justice equality but equal rights. Original liberalism is also something we see with Thomas Jefferson. While he never wrote a book, what he did write in his letters, memos and in the Declaration of Independence supported the liberal call for freedom and for open free discussion without intimidation. If you have grievances, list them and separate yourself from the source of those grievances. Today, the modern democratic party is not liberal. They are statists pushing for state-controlled totalitarianism in order to for justice and not sustain equality of rights. They are the creators of political correctness and progressivism, both of which are moving targets and pale in comparison to the equal application of the law as seen with the bill of rights. If you cannot maintain the open free expression for all, and if you are pushing for more popular democracy by mob rule, and if you avoid the power of common consent in a modular representative republic, you are not a liberal. True liberals maintain both voice and vote together, in the same body, and from the bottom up. The modern democrat acts from the top down, pure elitism, actually snobbish elitism. See my High Road diagram below to see the difference.

When I am around statist democrats, I become a community conservative and I push for more local voice, more local leadership, and for individual and community liberty. Meaning, I become an advocate for responsibility as close to the individual as possible. I become conservative and I start talking about conserving wealth, voice, liberty and leadership at the local level. While most republicans maintain their conservative nature to individual rights and individual liberty, when in the face of statist democrats, I talk about community wealth, community voice, and community leadership. I argue against the statist democrat that their state and federal need to control actually decimates local volunteerism and local responsibility. People become more apathetic and less inclined to help, serve and care for one another when outside governing bodies usurp local responsibility. I become a true conservative for the right of the people to peacefully assemble and serve one another. The biggest mistake republicans make is that they do not scale up to solve social responsibilities very well. This is especially true for libertarians. They assume everything in the private sector will properly solve for health, education and welfare issues. They do not realize that people can come together, good people can organize, and we can peacefully assemble and reach common consent on many issues. We are individuals and communities, not just individuals. Therefore we should conserve the value of both.

While freedom is the foundation of the liberal mind. Responsibility is the foundation of the conservative mind. When we move these foundations to something else, like social justice for liberals and not freedom, or individual rights and not local responsibility for the conservative, when we do this we guarantee division and discord. Let’s stop that and take the high road.

About the Author
Keith is the Author of The Political Optimist and you can follow him at genuineoptimist.com. He is a visionary founder of Local Common Wealth (see localcommonwealth.org) and co-founder of Vision Impact Leadership. He is a licensed general contractor at kelschconstruction.com and part time faculty member at Dixie State University.