Principium Volume I, Book 1, # 21, 23, and 44

21. (8-25-2012) [T]he universal utility of a free society can only be learned; the gates cannot simply be opened for freedom to be understood, or to work successfully. For example, freedom is not self-executing, the rule of law must accompany liberty, or freedom will result only in anarchy. Without the rule of law the only way to control men is through violence. But freedom, once planted, does allow the flowering of initiative and incentive. When those are present, as day follows night people begin to build lives. Once life is seen as an idea rather than just an existence, as opportunity rather than endurance, then consensual political institutions will thrive in order that the newly free populace can protect its gains – tangible and intangible, political and economic. They will discern the vested interest they have in the common weal, and democracy and duty will grow as secondary steps after freedom is established and law is implemented to protect it.

- Thomas N. Tripp – First Principles, 2008


23. (8-26-2012) (A good reason that children should be taught First Principles of self-governance in a free society, but sadly, they are not.)ATJ The struggle [for social order]ATJ will be decided in the minds of the rising generation – and within that generation, substantially by the minority who have the gift of reason.

- Russell Kirk, 1918-1994


44. (8-27-2012) Much as the foundations of most buildings share common engineering principles while supporting manifold architectural options, the first principles that underlie modern society’s forms and relationships are equally simple and universal. It is essential that we recognize these foundations as the sometimes repeated substructure in varied applications and origins.

- Thomas N. Tripp – First Principles, 2008

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