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Monday, July 06, 2009

Is independence a means or an end?

We just celebrated the Fourth of July, a. k. a. Independence Day. Before we move on, I'm wondering just how many Americans regard independence from England an end in itself or as simply a means to an end--namely, individual liberty?

In other words, is it the case that we should value independence for itself or should we value it because it tends to make individual liberty more likely? I'm thinking that the latter is the case, as suggested by the title of Sheldon Richman's Friday column on fee.org, "The Goal Is Freedom" ("TGIF").

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