This website, Freedom's Light, exists to identify truths and present facts without spin. It is a compilation of wisdom gained in a lifetime in the United States and Europe, and borrows heavily from wise people from days past.
Since men and women began living in organized societies, some have become leaders, some have become rich, some have had many children and many descendants. Some have strived to control others and make themselves and their allies powerful by forcing others to give their time and resources to the leaders. Most were forced to obey the leaders, and some were slaves.
Slavery was known to have been practiced by the Greeks, by the Romans, by the Vikings, and was only abolished in Europe and the Americas in the past two hundred years.
What is freedom? Which practices promote individual freedom? Which practices capture the individual and enslave him to the rulers?
The founders of the United States of America set forth in the in the Declaration of Independence the following:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The experiment our founders began in 1776 was not perfect. It included chattel slavery, and it did not respect the rights of indigenous peoples. But it has resulted in a society that has provided a prosperouse life for millions of people to live in relative freedom.
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Every generation must re-establish freedom, for there are ever mice that gnaw away at the foundations of liberty.
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