What America needs is another Great Awakening. Though, this time we all need to convert to the one true religion: Freedom.
Compared to other religions, freedom is much easier to understand.
It has a single creed: All individuals have an inalienable right to life, liberty and property.
It has only one commandment: Thou shalt not coerce your fellow man.
Almost all the problems we face stem from our breaking the one great commandment and trying to get our way in this world through force or fraud.
Whether we are trying to coerce others into worshipping our god, or joining our commune, or buying our product, or being part of our welfare state, it all boils down to the desire to compel others to do what we want.
If we could all just agree to not coerce each other, what a wonderful world it would be.
Here is a thought question for us on our path to enlightenment: What is the common denominator in the big problems we face in government mandated education, government mandated retirement, and government mandated health care?
It’s as if we learned nothing from the Old World’s experiment in government mandated religion in days gone by. Religion was never the problem. It was the government mandate part that was causing all the blood shed. The same is true today with all our areas of conflict.
We need to be figuring out how to create free market education, free market retirement and free marked health care. That is the only thing that will allow us to solve these problems. When we start trying to achieve universal health care the same way we have achieved universal cell phone coverage, we will be on the right track.
Remember, free market means free from coercion, not free from regulation or responsibility. Rules are needed, but those rules must be based on the idea of removing coercion, not on granting some politically favored groups a monopoly on its use.
While coercive governments are far more destructive, we must always remember that individuals and businesses are just as likely to want to use coercion as are governments. All must be constantly watched on our path to true religion.