America's ideology vs. World History
In my monologue, I explained how America is different from the rest of the world. Regardless of the rulers of the ideology, most of the world has only known different versions of tyranny and control by the state. The state has installed class systems, decided what's best for the common good, and stolen from its people.
But the ideology of America is about the individual, where all are created equal with no classes or fancy titles, where YOU decide what path is best for you, where you get to keep the fruits of your labor, and where you are a free person and treated according to content of your character.
If you want to make it really simple, think of yourself living in other nations and at different times and ask yourself four simple questions:
Who controls you?
Who controls your labor?
Who controls your possessions?
Who controls your rights or where do they come from?
Now ask yourself what would you like the answers to be.
Alex Jones vs. Apple & Facebook
The biggest story in America last week was Alex Jones being banned from platforms like Apple and Facebook. There has been a big outcry from principled voices saying that this is a violation of the freedom of speech. However, this issue is not as simple as that. Here are some questions to consider:
Do I support freedom of speech?
Does a company have a right to control its labor (in this case its platform)?
Do I have a right to a companies labor or possessions?
Who's rights are more important?
Do you believe rights are subject to the common good argument?
Was Ted Talk right to allow two presentations saying pedophilia is a sexual orientation?
While these are critical questions, the biggest problem with the Alex Jones situation is how America has strayed away from the free market and you currently have big business in bed with big government. How many people on the right are currently unhappy with Facebook? Yet where is the competition? Where is the alternative?
Americans and the First Amendment
Americans on BOTH sides of the aisle love to shout about their rights, and many on both sides of the aisle love to get their fix of outrage through social media. Do you know something you should be very upset about, something you can actually change tomorrow? A recent poll from the Freedom Forum Institute found that only 36 percent could correctly name one First Amendment right, only 12 percent could name two, and only one respondent correctly recalled each of the five rights protected by the First Amendment.
If you don't know what Constitutional rights you actually hold, how can you truly have a prosperous Republic and actually hold politicians accountable for their actions?
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