Sunday, April 16, 2006

This I believe...

Inspired by this post by JOhn Kusters.

I believe that granting freely formed associations of persons the same rights as individual persons is fundamental to liberty.

I believe that when people are forbidden to organize for a common purpose except with narrow government approval of their purpose, the government has the power to prevent anything too big for one person to do by himself.

I believe that the right to rent a forum with your own money for your own speech or for the speech of someone you agree with is a necessary part of the right to free speech.

I believe that public financing of campaigns gives too much power to whoever decides which campaigns deserve financing.

I believe that taxing people to pay for the advocation of views they may vehemently disagree with is antithetical to the spirit of liberty.

I believe that tension between the branches of government is a good and desired thing.

I believe in congressional oversight.

I believe that goverment by one party or by two or by sixteen is fine, so long as the powers of the goverment are appropriately limited and those in power were fairly elected.

I believe that in six years of being the dominant party in power, the Republicans have yet to deliver on their promises of small government, fiscal responsibility, transparency, security, integrity, and personal freedom. However, I believe that the Democrats would do much, much worse in their place.

I believe that party is a useful heuristic which provides a partial solution to the voter rational ignorance problem.

I believe that sometimes we as voters need to bite the bullet, hold our noses, and vote for someone we don't particularly like in order to ensure that our government continues to work for the people.

I believe that it is sometimes worth me as a member of the public not being able to know something so that our country's enemies also don't know that thing.

I believe that there is nothing wrong with public or private religious faith by our elected representatives so long as they respect the constitutional and traditional limits on govenrment power.

I believe that there is no immediate danger of theocrisy in a country where religious freedom is the first right explicitly guarenteed by the constitution, where the most popular religious denomination constitutes only 1/4 of the population, and where very few people look to their priests for political guidance.

I believe that theocracy generally leads to persecution of anyone who is not part of the "flock".

I do not believe that terrorists can topple this country unless we chose to appease them instead of fighting them.

I believe that while this country is far from perfect, it is in pretty good shape by global and historical standards.


Anonymous Makellan said...

I agree with many of the points, but those are not worth discussing as we'd just be patting each other on the back. What is more interesting here is that what which I do not agree.

"[G]ranting freely formed associations of persons the same rights as individual persons" is dangerous and problematic.
When a corporation breaks the law, it is difficult to subject it to the same punishments to which individuals are subjected. Corporations may involve hundreds or hundreds of thousands people working and contributing to a common fund. These funds are going to be, on average far greater than any an individual may posess, offering the group greater access to legal representation.
A person may be imprisoned, a corporation may not.

If we're going to give corporations the rights of people, we need to give people the rights of corporations.

There are others with which I disagree, but this is the easiest to debate without invoking religion.

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