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Classical Liberalism and the Platypus

“Oh, I get it…a platypus is a metaphor for whatever’s keeping you down! … The government is a platypus…”

And what a metaphor we platypus can be. A strange creature mashed up of the parts of other creatures, so it seems. An egg laying mammal with venomous spikes, a duck bill a beaver tail and an otter’s fur. Just like the government is a mash up of odd things that have no business being in the same place.

As a platypus I want to try and erase the sterotype! I want to to convey that we platypus aren’t holding anyone down! We are a people of liberty or what is known as classical liberalism. You see, the word “liberal” comes from the same root as the word “liberty”. You can see it when you put the two words next to each other [liberal,liberty=liber] which means free.

It seems odd in today’s environment to think of liberalism as meaning freedom since we see so many liberals wanting to reduce freedom through high taxes, government control and oversight, and the removal of choice through forced healthcare, and seemingly minor things like wearing your seat belt. As an adult, you don’t get to make that choice, the government made it for you. That’s not freedom. They argue that it’s for your own good. But who are these masterminds that think you are too stupid to make choices for your own life but that they are smart enough to make choices for everyone?

The point of this blog, the Facebook page, twitter, and YouTube show are to uncover, explain, and bring into the light the principles of liberty and those actions taken today that have removed them from us.

It isn’t to say that all government is to be done away with, that’s anarchy and if you’re interested in that I’m sure you can find a page to suite your needs, this one isn’t that page. Platypus don’t think all taxes are theft, and we’re fine with the government building roads and we have pretty sound arguments why we feel that way. Our ponds are orderly places but we each get our own burrow don’t doubt it.

Thomas Paine, that patriot, explained it best:

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.

Government is made up of people, and people tend to want power. If you wish to remain in control of your own life then it is a natural desire to keep government as small as possible. You are and should be the master of your own life, you are the sovereign, not some king or bureaucrat in a far off place.

With The Platypus in charge we plan to have fun, have intelligent conversations, and learn a little about liberty and take back the word liberalism. Platypus admit when we are wrong, give credit to our enemies when they have a good idea, and leave hate at the doorstep.

Remember…no platypus can control you and this one doesn’t even want to try!

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