The Love and Passion of Liberty


Early nineteenth century humanist English writer William Hazlitt once made a comment that has haunted me ever since I heard it. He said that “The love of Liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.” As a writer myself, and someone who came in third in the 2012 election for Vice President of the United States (although truly a distant third), I know that frequently when people talk about Liberty today others think they sound like something of a kook. And that is really a tragedy, because our great country is actually founded upon the concept of Liberty. In fact, Liberty is literally our country’s soul. So I simply agree with Hazlitt. If people have confidence in themselves and others, Liberty and free choice are best for all. If people want power and domination over others, take that freedom away and exercise control over others.

Of course freedom has risks, and does not present those “warm and fuzzy” feelings of being protected from life. But – as long as we implement a safety net for those among us who really need it – we can best show our love for our fellow human beings by promoting a system of Liberty. And that will bring eternal benefits. For example, as Milton Friedman said, no people have ever raised themselves out of poverty except through a system of free enterprise and private property rights. And that begins with Liberty. Do you agree? Please think about it, and then help us spread the word.

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.)
2012 Libertarian candidate for Vice President, along with
Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President