Agrarian Liberty

 

Welcome to this back corner of digital territory where I get to unabashedly cultivate Jeffersonian principles of limited government.  For land-owning, land-managing citizens, independence comes naturally and I’ve been granted a larger share than is perhaps healthy...


Be that as it may, my mission is to cultivate personal independence and advocate for others attempting the same thing.  I claim no defense other than that it is a very American activity.  I want to help push government back into the small confines it was born into; to see a confiscatory state become a protector of property instead of a redistribution center.  I find it antithetical for a freedom-loving people to desire a provisionary  government or public dole.  We know better.  The needy among us can be better provided for amongst ourselves than through the inefficient corridors of coercive power.


So I ask, at every opportunity, if a proposed government action falls within this construct.  Does it protect, or does it provide?  I am no anarchist and am a strong advocate for rules & regulations that punish misbehavior in society (lying, stealing, & cheating).  I am far less enthusiastic about rules and regulations that guide or manipulate behavior that some see as potentially harming others (the doctrine of “prior restraint” which Madison so warned against).


Jefferson believed in an "eternal wall of separation between Church & State"  that the "legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions..."


I believe Jefferson was not only concerned about  the establishment of religion, but of values generally. He did not wish to see any value-system gain the political power of the State. 


In an era defined by the perpetration of values upon others,  I think it important that we remember Jefferson's Wall and work to rebuild it.  Let’s erect a clear barrier between the vibrant world of social debate and the limited world of public policy enforced by a coercive state.





 

Jeffersonian Visions of an Independent Agrarian

...a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government...

    -- Thomas Jefferson, 1st Inaugural Address, 1801