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"New York Philosophy" Message Board › The Significance Of Memorial Day

The Significance Of Memorial Day

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Post #: 136
Freedom is the abstract description of the conceptual reality of liberty. It is liberty that is achieved at cost, always under threat from tyranny. One only discovers how much something is worth when it is paid for. Be it tyranny of the mind through dogma or doctrine only or additionally physically, through various forms of statism such as welfare statism, prevalent in the West or socialism or fascism or some other form of leftist ideology.

This weekend is Memorial Day and with it goes remembering the many individuals that have lost their lives in defense of America.

The United States physically exists but it is actually a concept built on rational and proper abstracts. In the same way defense begins with philosophy and, it is only a moral ethic that decides whether a nation flourishes or decays. The responsibility rests with the intellectuals for they are the transmission belts between the philosopher and the people in general. As are the universities, think tanks and commentators today so ultimately will go the nation. The politician is the physical actor that governs based on the ethics of the intellectual. So a nation ends up with the politicians, the politics and the laws that they deserve.

Required to lead a successful nation is a Statesman rather than a politician, who governs only. Usually when Statesmen are leading, they appear out of step with the prevailing or resultant attitude of the people they govern. It is the Statesmen that are proactive and have to drag their electorate with them in a direction that may only become clear, to be shown as being necessary, late in their term in office or years after they have left office.

The Statesman also risks being extremely unpopular during their time in office and may even leave accused as a failure. Primary geopolitical trends evolve and change slowly. The Statesman requires moral courage and certainty of themselves and their mission for they initiate rather than react.

Only brave nations fashioned in individual liberty will produce Statesman. Amongst these are Winston Churchill, FD Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, Menachem Begin, Tony Blair and George W Bush.

The question is what was the alternative to the decisions these individuals had to make that became their legacies. The only way of analyzing this is in philosophical terms and then properly only by those who are similarly certain in their own philosophical outlook.

Directly at risk are those who value their country to the point where they are prepared to defend it physically. Only free nations, those that decidedly respect individualism have the right to self-defense. All others are initiators of force.
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