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July 3, 2013
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Carson Perspective: Freedom isn’t just another word for nothin’ left to lose

The meaning of Independence Day is freedom, but freedom is more than an abstraction prompting patriotism. Thursday’s holiday begs the question: freedom for what? Here’s the usual checklist: freedom to worship as you choose; freedom to speak your mind; freedom from want and privation; freedom from danger. But if you think about it, no matter how you package it there are two essentials: Freedom for itself doesn’t exist, it is always tied to purpose; and the ultimate purpose is to survive and thrive, so the purpose must pay a dividend. Said dividend comes from production, which means work. Try worshipping …

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