Imparting the Ability to Think: American Self-Government

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You can’t deny it—the United States of America has vastly changed. What used to be a free nation, has transformed into a nanny-state bureaucracy with intent to suppress the natural rights doctrine that it was founded upon. But how did such a drastic change occur? What was the root cause? Some suggest the fault lies with politicians, with foreign nations, or even with the Constitution itself. But the real culprit here is the apathy of the American people. Americans no longer fear a tyrannical regime arising, and thus have grown lax in restricting their government. If US citizens continue down this path of apathy, the US will cease to be a country of liberty. We must fight to get America back.

How can we fix this problem? The answer lies in the education of today’s youth. Individuals must learn to think for themselves and not as a part of the group. I take issue with our current public school system because it encourages group-think. It is a one-size-fits-all program run by the very government that we, as citizens, are expected to control. This centralized system harbors a large potential for abuse. We must avoid falling into the deadly conclusion of normalization. The only way we can effectively combat this virus is by encouraging people to ponder the philosophies that our country was founded upon.

The public school system doesn’t work. Thus, you and I must act. Let’s take the first step by engaging in political philosophy. We shouldn’t expect young people to philosophize when we can’t do it ourselves. As individuals, we have the responsibility to think, debate, and compare views in the free marketplace of ideas. We ought to cultivate and question the views we have, pick out the truths, and cast away the lies. Utilizing this process, we can discover the truth. Let us then use this truth to implement a form of self-government.

We must then instill these ways of thinking upon our sons, daughters, friends, and fellow citizens. Ask why people believe as they do and listen to what they say. Then KINDLY explain your view and the importance of civil conversation. Collectively, Americans have the power to make a change in their country and impart these critical thinking skills to the next generation. And it starts with you.

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