Why The Free Market and Right to Bear Arms Must Be Defended

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020


With the rise of Americanophobia among students of Occidentalist professors, American principles—chief of which include the free market and right to bear arms—are threatened by individuals misinformed of the importance of these principles to their own liberty. 

Freedom characterizes the United States and it wouldn’t have been achieved without individual liberty. Two of the many pillars supporting this are the free market and the right to bear arms. The former is threatened by those infatuated with socialism while the latter is threatened by those seeking to eliminate or render ineffective the Second Amendment. 

The free market ensures freedom because it takes away power over economic exchange, power over livelihood and sustenance, from the hands of the government and disperses it among citizens.

Economic power, like force, is real power. When concentrated in the hands of the state —like in a socialist or partly socialist regime— it incentivizes the state to act tyrannically. If the free market is turned into a state-controlled market, people in power can prevent access of resources to those who challenge them, while granting it to those who support them. By doing so, they can disincentivize dissent and coerce support. Many believe that if the free market in the United States is made unfree through excessive regulations, tyranny won’t occur. Those who think so place undue trust in institutions. Similar faith has been betrayed almost everywhere outside the States throughout history. 

When individuals in Venezuela and Cuba supported Socialist regimes, they thought those regimes, which detested the free market and sought concentration of economic power in their hands as a ‘vanguard’ of the people, would bring economic equality and prosperity. Little did they know that the centralization of economic power in the hands of institutions and the enslavement of the market would lead to the establishment of authoritarian regimes—ones that are now difficult to remove. 

If the free market is curtailed in the United States, there comes a risk of what happened in Venezuela and Cuba happening to America. Consequently, America might lose its freedoms and its status as the greatest republic on the planet.

Distribution of real power among the people has ensured America’s unique status as a free nation. Such distribution is further ensured by the right to bear arms. A state cannot have power without a monopoly on violence. But the issue with this monopoly on violence, which the Framers of the Second Amendment clearly noticed, is that it can result in tyranny if the state does not have as a check the ability of individuals to take up their weapons to defend their freedom, if necessary. A country with an unarmed populace is a state where those in power can enforce the most tyrannical of laws because they need not fear armed resistance. 

When the Nazis wanted to exercise tyranny over their people and silence dissent, they effectively did so by curtailing gun rights. The Venezuelan tyrants under Chavez did so too by their own version of gun control. Both these examples show how a government can exercise tyranny by limiting the right to bear arms. Because gun control enables oppression, the people of America need to defend the Second Amendment.

If a country needs to be free, its people must be armed, and that is something America has valued, visible in its inclusion of the right to bear arms in the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately, many in the United States today want to restrict this right severely or even abolish this. They fail to understand the purpose of the Second Amendment, which is far higher than that of mere self-defense: preservation of liberty through limiting the state’s monopoly on violence.

Both the right to bear arms and the free market have aided individual liberty, which is the foundation of American freedom. Both these freedoms have prevented the state from anonymizing the individual and exercising tyranny by adopting pseudo-moralistic collectivist stances. One of the reasons why America is great today is because it is free. That is why all freedom-loving Americans must defend the free market and the right to bear arms.

Andrew Jose is a freelance journalist, studying for his Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University's branch campus overseas in Qatar. He is an International Economics major, and Government and Philosophy minor, regularly writing articles on economics, philosophy, and foreign policy. As well, he is a contributor at The Daily Caller and The Western Journal. Andrew's work has been published here, Airways Magazine, International Policy Digest and several other outlets

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Andrew Jose

Andrew Jose is a freelance journalist, studying for his Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University's branch campus overseas in Qatar. He is an International Economics major, and Government and Philosophy minor, regularly writing articles on economics, philosophy, and foreign policy. As well, he is a contributor at The Daily Caller and The Western Journal. Andrew's work has been published here, Airways Magazine, International Policy Digest and several other outlets

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