Free Kids Make a Free Country

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 04 Mar 2005 13:00:00 GMT
# ERMS - Response to Open Letter is an email I received from about An Open Letter to George W. Bush: Detention, treatment, and trial of alleged terrorists, which I sent on June 12, 2004. The response arrived on Wednesday, March 2, 2005. Most unusual.

# Declan McCullagh at The coming crackdown on blogging - it seems that the f.e.c. is planning to start including the web in the purvue of the Incumbent Protection Act. Fuck them up the ass with a chain saw. [clairefiles]

# Don Lobo Tiggre at Laissez Faire City Times via - Parenting and Freedom - the most effective thing any of us can do to promote liberty is to teach it to our children. [clairefiles]

So, I've come up with one thing I can suggest to even the most cynical people that is guaranteed to make the world a better place. It is this: teach your children freedom. More specifically: teach your children that they are free, and that no one has a right to hurt them, control them, or to take that which is theirs. Help them to grow up to be healthy individuals, self-aware of their free nature. A free society is composed of free individuals; the former cannot come into being without the latter. If you don't have children, this idea can be applied to nieces, nephews, students, and even employees; anyone to whom you become a mentor.


Having been a single parent of three rambunctious boys, I know how very challenging a thing it is that I am urging here. Children who are aware that, being human, they have rights can be a total pain in the ass. Completely inconvenient. Impossible to get in the &^@%#@#!!! car when it's time to go. Believe me, I know.

However, compared to my sons' well-being, my convenience is a very small concern. I am not saying that this is easy, just easier than trying to re-educate adults.

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