I had the privilege of attending the Mises Circle this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. The event truly was a great experience and extremely compelling to hear so many Austrian scholars share their positions on the possible path to our nation is headed. The speakers included Tom DiLorenzo, Robert Murphy, Jeffrey Tucker, Doug French, and Charles Goyette
In addition to listening to these fine speakers and their reasoned arguments on the political economy, I had the great honor to meet other liberty minded folks hungry for knowledge, truth, and awareness of what lies ahead of us if our country continues to the repeat the inflationary mistakes of the past. Young and old, students and working professionals (such as myself) gathered to understand what these well respected scholars and writers had to say about the consequences inflation has on liberty and increasing the size and scope of government in an otherwise free society.
Someone asked me, "what brought you all the way here to Phoenix?" Many reasons came to mind why I chose to attend. But, overall, I attended because for too long people have expected to be spoon fed or entitled to happiness without pursuing it on their own. Our country was built on the foundations of liberty, yet very few have the aptitude to demonstrate the essence of such a ideal. I made a decision to stop standing on the sidelines as liberty withers and instead lead by example and learn what it means to live a liberty driven life.
Our nation has become a people addicted to being told what to do instead of succeeding or failing through the choices they make and must endure. I made a promise to myself that I would not be one of those citizens anymore. My life belongs to me and we all are sovereign free willed beings with special gifts and talents unique each person. We must choose the life we want and not depend on others to live it for us.
If others can learn through my example and knowledge of the truth as I see it, can there be a downside? The Mises Institute, Campaign for Liberty, Adam Sheppard, Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Andrew Napolitano, Tom Woods, Robert Murphy, LewRockwell.com, and many other excellent authors and articles I've surveyed have lead me to the self evident truths I hold as constant:
- Liberty is eternal and embedded in every American's DNA
- If individual consent to form a government, the State should enforce and protect of property rights, the right to contract, and liberty over all other things.
- Non-aggression is the universal axiom and moral philosophy all citizens should recognize and obey without reservation or exception.
- Free exchange in a marketplace between consenting entities creates wealth, prosperity, and a rising standard of living for all participants.