A Contemplation of Liberty

Can we be free without God?

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. The history of western Europe from the 16th through the 20th centuries is supposedly the story of increasingly secular and increasingly free societies.

With the fall of the Berlin wall and the Soviet Empire, the world was supposed to be ushering in an era of freedom unknown to any previous generation.

Has it?

I’m not convinced, neither about the current spread of freedom under the WHO and the UN (those bastions of democratically elected officials), nor about the myth of the spread of freedom over the past 500 years.

I believe that our United States are nowhere near as free as we have allowed ourselves to pretend. The reason we think we are still “the leaders of the free world” is because we have tried valiantly to redefine freedom.

I also believe that we hold our remaining freedoms tenuously (and not tenaciously) for one simple reason: our rights are distributed at the will of the state. Consequently they can be removed by the will of the state.

For this reason, and many others, the summer 2010 CiRCE conference has been announced:

A Contemplation of liberty.

Confirmed speakers so far include Leigh Bortins, Andrew Pudewa, Dr. James Taylor, Leah Lutz, and myself. More will be announced over the coming weeks.

We are gathering on July 15-17 in Dallas, TX, with details being finalized.

Please note that we have moved the conference forward two weeks.

Now get this (and I’d recommend you pass the news on to those you know and love):

Until January 31, we are offering a super early registration fee of only $200/person. If you are a school and you know you want to send, say, five people but don’t even know who they might be yet, you can just tell us the number and we’ll register you for five.

If you are a home scholar and want to save a lot of money, now’s the time to register.

This is a huge savings, over 33% if my calculator is working, as the regular rate is $269.

At last year’s conference we argued that the world has lost its moorings because of the attack on the idea of nature.

Now we are exploring how one of prices of that attack has been and continues to be our freedom.

The problem starts in school. The solution has always been bound up with education.

Will you join us?

To learn more, visit our website for occasional updates or call us at 704 236-3964.

If you know you will be coming and want to secure your huge early bird savings, please visit our webstore at this link and secure your seats early.

I can’t wait to see you in Dallas!

Principles 16-23 for educating free people

16. An education for freedom is practical: it promotes the skills required to stay free: money, time, knowledge, space, language, and people management.

17. An education for freedom is sensible: it gradually releases the prisoner from his bonds as the prisoner/student is able to manage the release

18. An education for freedom teaches the soul to use persuasion over force, both with others and within oneself

19. A free teacher seeks knowledge over opinion and argues in such a way as to set the pattern for the student to do so as well

20. An education for freedom places nature over application (which exalts application to its place instead of reducing it to the king of shreds and patches)

21 A student who will be free learns to place the heavenly and permanent over the worldly and changing

22. An education for freedom places contemplation over production

23. A student who will be free learns to imitate the excellent and praiseworthy

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