by Menno Troyer
On this July 4th, Independence Day in the US, it is an ideal time to pause and reflect upon the track record and results of the world-changing endeavor in limited collectivism that was America. An endeavor whose clock began ticking 236 years ago.
That endeavor took further shape eleven years later with the adoption of the Constitution. Its express purpose was to “…form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”.
Note that each of these otherwise noble ideals is couched in strictly collectivist terms. Each one can in turn be reframed and restated from a rational individualist perspective. If it did, it would go something like this: “…nurture tighter bonds within one’s personal network, establish peaceful barriers to injustice, ensure one’s own tranquility, provide for one’s own defense, pursue one’s own happiness and well-being, secure the blessings of liberty to oneself, and teach one’s posterity to think and fend for themselves.”