What is Liberty?
In it's simplest explanation, liberty means that you own your own life and property.
You are free to make your own choices for your life and property - as long as it doesn't infringe on anyone else's right to their life or property.
If you take someone's liberty it is slavery. If you take someone's life it is murder. If you take someone's property it is theft.
No person or group has a right to use force to impose their will on others, or give power to a government to do the same.
Ron Paul said, "Government should never be able to do anything you can't do".
This means that if you can't initiate force on your neighbor, you can't give a government the power to initiate force on your behalf.
You can not delegate a right to someone else if you do not first have that right yourself.
It also makes no difference how many people vote to give government a power which they don't individually have.
The majority does not have the right to use government force against the minority.
What Is Your Definition Of Liberty?
"Liberty is the freedom to exersize the rights that I have been given." - Lucas F.
"To be able to do as i please as long as i have not hurt another person, or their property, or disturbed their peace." - Loren on Facebook
"Liberty is doing whatever it is you want in life as long as it does not harm other people or their property." - claybridge on The Daily Paul
"Liberty is the absence of overreaching authority and its ensuing legislation and regulations. Liberty is freedom from laws that prohibit and restrict one's ability to speek freely, defend oneself, attain justice, travel unmolested, elect governments, use person property, attain and retain personal property, petition government officials, peacefully protest unjust laws and expose corruption." - stm on The Daily Paul
"Liberty is something one cannot enjoy in a corporaation or the armed forces or dictatorship." - donvino on The Daily Paul
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"Liberty means to exercise human rights in any manner a person chooses so long as it does not interfere with the exercise of the rights of others"
-- Ron Paul, "Liberty Defined"
"The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves."
-- John Locke, "A Treatise Concerning Civil Government"
"The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant."
-- John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty", 1859
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
-- Patrick Henry
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 5 1788
"Ideas spread. They can't be stopped. An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army or any governement."
-- Ron Paul
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