The people of a community become less responsible because liberty to service one another is legislated away and often given over to the idolatry for authority. This is not ethical and it is not American.
When George Washington used the phrase “city on a hill,” he did not use that to attract untold numbers of immigrants. He used that to say to the world, “let our liberty be an example to the world.”
In like manner we must say the same thing locally, let us be a light on a hill to show how communities can organize for great liberty.
It is one thing to imprison the body. It is quite another to chain the agency of a people from being their brother’s keeper. Let us say it this way. It is one thing to be told to be responsible. It is quite another to say, “let us be responsible.” The first is compulsory force. The later is elevated liberty.
Responsibility is freedom. When we take responsibility we have more voice, more inclusion, and more everything. Why would anyone want anything less?
Consider a more precise meaning in the idea that liberty adds value. Once value is added through the agency of one’s own efforts, what then of the value that is added? How is it protected? How is it conserved in the community for local needs? Even better, how do we guard that precious value from being taken away by those with warm promises asking to grant them all the responsibility? Warning, it is not responsibility they seek, it is control over the value we generate—our wealth, our resources, and our labor.
We must secure the anchor of liberty (the value we add) to the line of power (conservation of responsibility) in order to keep freedom locally.
Liberty to add value and the conservation of that value locally must work together. This is the very basis of sovereignty and the message of The Genuine Optimist.
It should be noted that in order to give to our communities, there must be a way to conserve in the community what is given. This is called the conservation of responsibility.
When we take full responsibility to fund services from within the community itself, as if the community is a private design but is by definition public, we assume a kind of trust to preserve the good that is added in our own communities. This alone sponsors more incentive and more volunteerism and more service. When we refuse this challenge and allow state, federal and now unipolar world governments to assume responsibility over our lives, we discard the very connection that defines the bonds of culture.
By adding value through any service, public or private, the same service produces value and we must conserve that value in the same community. The minute any community refuses to fund its own services and keep that wealth locally, it gives up responsibility to far distant governing forces.
There is a dark belief held by some that communities will receive more in outside services than they are taxed to support. With this false logic the people give up their representation.
When any community gives up the agency done by its own people, and from the labor of its own hand, the consequences quickly wear away the fabric of culture. Let it be said, there may be tradition in a family but not culture. When community becomes nothing but tradition managed by just a few families, culture suffers.
Therefore, let us be responsible. Let’s us get back our culture. For without the cultural strength to add value and have it be conserved in the community that created that value, the less independent the community becomes. Therefore, let us be responsible. If not we are doomed to suffer the tyranny that is to come. See a working model at www.localcommonwealth.com.
Keith R Kelsch, The Genuine Optimist