686. (2-21-2010) Now that we live in a time where the access to knowledge has never been more universal, where prosperity has never been offered to so many, yet how misguided our public policies and education. For the diffusion of knowledge will not bring about virtue and good ordered society. The diffusion of wealth will not elevate men and women to a more virtuous life. Only the effort we individually put into learning to master ourselves with virtuous teachings and the wisdom we can glean from those who have gone before us, and with that effort, that wrestling with this temporal sphere, where we wrest virtue from its hiding place, and place it across our shoulders, then we can look to the future with hope for peace and happiness among the nations. Man must subdue himself in order to subdue the pain and suffering of this world. Too often we endeavor to alleviate the symptoms without ever curing the disease. Man must be taught and encouraged from an early age to make good choices. For one man’s choice is another man’s blessing or curse.
- Andrew T. Jackson, 1970-Present
692. (2-25-2010) (And now to begin a discussion of Property and Freedom)ATJ Property…in its particular application means “that domination which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual.” In its larger and juster [sic] meaning, it embraces everything to which a man may attach a value and have a right; and which leaves to everyone else a like advantage. In the former sense, a man’s land, or merchandise, or money is called his property. In the latter sense, a man has property in his opinions and the free communication of them. He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them. He has property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person. He has an equal property in the use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them. In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
- James Madison, 1751-1836
694. (2-25-2010) (In the next section, the concept of Freedom is broadened from previous quotes, from just simply personal rights and to be free from coercion.)ATJ The term freedom as used in this study cover four subjects: (1) political freedom, i.e., the right of the individual to participate in the choice of officials of the government under which he lives; (2) legal freedom, i.e., the right in relations with other individuals and the state to be judged by third parties in accord with the law; (3) economic freedom, i.e., the right freely to use and dispose of one’s assets; and (4) personal rights, i.e., the claim of the individual to his life and liberty and the license to do whatever he wishes as he does not infringe on the liberties and rights of others: in other words, absence of coercion….Freedom does not include the so-called “right” to public security and support (such as implied in the slogan phrases “freedom from want” and “the right to housing”) which infringe on the rights of other since it is they who have to pay for them. Such “rights” are at best a moral claim, and at worst, if enforced by public authority, an unearned privilege.
- Richard Pipes – Property and Freedom, 1999