A equals A. Existence exists. Things are as they are. Truths are true. We have the ability to determine the truth or falsehood of our judgments in relation to the facts of reality.
If the above sentences seem so obviously true, ask yourself why we have found ourselves in this mess. Ask yourself why politicians (Republican as well as Democratic, liberal as well as conservative) continue to push for programs that fly in the face of logic, reason, and ultimately reality.
We fight “wars for peace,” heavily regulate the economy in an effort to increase economic activity, often both heavily subsidize and heavily tax the same product (ie, tobacco), redistribute wealth to promote “economic efficiency,” and so on. Clearly, our leaders have failed to grasp the simple truths contained in the first line of this article.
If our “leaders” have failed, however, it is because We the People have failed by selecting illogical people to act as our overseers.
If we want to see real change in our lifetimes–a change in the right direction, towards individual Liberty and a respect for logic, reason, and ethics, we must make the change in ourselves first.
There are many ways to accomplish this goal in our society, including grassroots political activism, developing workable alternatives to the present system, and education.
Economic activity depends on a division of labor–when people specialize in areas in which they are proficient, society can take on more tasks and advance faster than it could if everyone tried to do everything themselves. Similarly, all of the above methods of achieving Liberty must be employed by those best suited to these tasks.
While all of these methods are important, it is my opinion that education is the most important. Education is the cornerstone of good policy. Education is also “the gift that keeps on giving.” If I educate someone about the fundamentals of economics, he or she can then turn around and use their abilities and new knowledge to educate people they know.
It is simply impossible to achieve a society based on natural law, the principles of self ownership, and respect for private property if people are not educated about these concepts.
Although I dabble in philosophy, my website focuses mainly on economics. But just as we must specialize our labor if we want economic growth and we must specialize in our methods of promoting Liberty if we wish to achieve this goal, we must specialize in educating and informing people about the ideas of Liberty if we wish for our educational efforts to be successful.
If all websites promoting Liberty were written and constructed in the same manner and focused on the same topics, we would only reach the same few people. Therefore, it is important and even vital for this movement that different types of educational and informational resources are developed.
A=A is a new, comprehensive resource designed to educate people about logic, reason, philosophy, economics, and natural law.
This site has a ton of resources, including information about how we got into this economic crisis, a detailed and comprehensive section on philosophy, a section on the importance of the study of sound economics (based on the study of human action), and a great section full of resources which will allow you to educate yourself. Dubbs is a very talented writer who has the unique ability to break issues down to their core principles, investigate these principles, and then reconstruct the issues themselves.
There is much more to this site than what little I have described and I urge you to check it out. In the coming weeks and months, Dubbs plans to further develop his already excellent site, so I urge you to continue to follow A=A as it develops.
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