A Declaration of Independence for 2021

(Don Boudreaux)

My friend Jim Clancy updated for 2021 Thomas Jefferson’s soaring document of 1776. (I thank Jim for his kind permission to share here his revised Declaration.) It appears beneath the fold.

2021 ain’t 1776, so, to be clear, no one is calling for any armed rebellion. But what is called for, what we should fervently hope will transpire, is a rebellion of the mind – a peaceful reconsideration of the individual’s connection to the state – a renewed embrace of the liberalism that fueled the revolution that began in earnest at Lexington on the morning of April 19th, 1775, and whose justification was so eloquently expressed just over a year later by Jefferson – a revived awareness of the dangers of collectivism – a rejection of the mysticism that deludes so many people to seek secular salvation through the exercise of state power – a reinvigoration of the spirit of refusing to live at the expense of others, and refusing to impose one’s will on others – a restoration of the spirit of individualism and liberty.

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