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The Call For Unity Comunity Communication Political Education Application Rectification of Names REFerence

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What we look to accomplish- the call for Unity

What the problem is

We need a more civil and educated discourse in this country, leading to concrete action on the issues of the day. We need to clarify the debate itself, simplify it as much as possible- which usually can be pretty simple- the solutions, the trade offs, are far less so.

We need solidify these conversations around core facts, figures, and identify the key arguments and perspectives, and be able to evaluate these . It would be good to have a transparent algorhithm or score, a rating if you will of problems and their relative magnitudes. We need to be able to look at historical and international perspectives on the problem at hand and how they are addressed in other places, and be able to look at and evaluate different potential solutions grading them.

There are far too many issues out there, far too much to know for busy citizens to be able to hit upon by chance. It’s like dissolving the school system because we have Youtube.

We need information, and a process we can trust, our representatives to be idealogically consistent

Fake news- media slants, a war on the truth, culture perspective war, masking actual wars, and subtle, rarely talked about changes to meanings of the laws, the way they are enforced, election shenanigans, massive deficits and giveaways to the rich- subsidizing the wealthy on the backs of the middle class, and with the debts of a nation – none of these began with Mr. Trump. These things pre-date Jesus Christ. It is more naked now, and for younger folks it is more real- as people used to President Obama’s calm eloquent and professional manner – get a taste of what us in our 30’s and 40’s experienced under George W. Bush and the relentless and frankly transparent lies that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.. unchallenged by the media landscape, owned as they are by companies whose stock prices are boosted by military spending. Again, an order of magnitude worse, at least in public decorum Nor should we be under any kind of illusion that everything is hunky dory under Democratic Presidents; under Democratic Presidents the land of the free is still the home of the jailed, with more people in prison than any other in the history of human kind.

Ideal of Liberalism

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The Science of Liberty

Timothy Ferris

The ideal of liberalism is universal peace and mutual aid. “The starting point of liberal thought is the recognition of the value and importance of human cooperation,” wrote the economist Ludwig von Mises, “ and the whole policy and program of liberalism is designed to serve the purpose of maintaining the existing state of mutual cooperation among the members of the human race and of extending it still further. . . . Liberal thinking always has the whole of humanity in view and not just parts” Liberals are opposed to war not only for the usual reasons but also because wars tend to aggrandize governments, ballooning their budgets and emboldening them to draft conscripts. Similarly liberalism opposes colonialism, racism and every other form of oppression.

There is, however, one inherent problem with liberalism. Since absolute liberty would be anarchy, liberalism must sanction some form of coercion to prevent the strong from abridging the freedoms of the weak. The troubled history of American race relations is replete with examples of such il-liberalism on the march: The white robed Klansmen who bombed churches and burned crosses might be said to have been exercising their freedom of speech and association, as were the white American shipyard workers who harrased their black coworkers during World War II. TO prevent such injustices, liberals concede to government a monopoly on coercive force. The police, the national guard, and the military are entitled to employ force, while corporations, vigilante groups and self appointed militias are not. This governmental monopoly on coercive force calls forth two further liberal mandates. The first is equal protection under the law.(Locke: where there is no law, there is no freedom.”