Why do we object to freedom?

An invasive and coercive paternalistic state violates the American conception of a just society that ensures the freedom to choose how to design its future. By definition, an expanded government requires diminished liberty. Since the 1930’s, beginning, Americans began developing the perspective that public policy should undertake an extensive paternalistic role in society. Paternalism embodies the belief that people cannot be trusted to make good decisions, compelling government regulators to step in. Government regulations entail a transfer of authority, and decision-making from individuals to those in political power. Central to socialism is the belief that a person’s life does not belong to the individual, but rather that it belongs to the community or society. Accordingly, individuals have no rights of their own and must sacrifice for the “greater good” of society. An expanded socialist government carries the principle of double effect to evaluate the justification of an act. Government has the harmful double effect of reducing freedom. As government expands, our freedom is weakened. An intrusive, coercive paternalistic state violates the American conception of a just society as one in which the citizenry is assured the freedom to choose how to shape their own future unforced by government interference.  When we support an expanded government, we are objecting to our freedom.


Once again, Ecuador’s president favorably surprised everyone by eliminating the State’s subsidies to fuels. Lenin Moreno has turned out to be the transitional president wished by all countries who want to abandon the Castroist Chavist dictatorships in the Americas. Once elected and already in the presidency, Moreno betted for democracy and took-on the task of dismantling the dictatorship thus making Correa and Castro Chavism his enemies. From being Correa’s dauphin, Lenin Moreno has become the restorer of democracy in Ecuador and, furthermore, the reconciler of an economy left bankrupt, in shambles and in crisis by his predecessor due to his centralized, corrupt management.  Moreno is fixing one of the severe consequences of Correism. It is the extraordinary moment for the people from Ecuador to defeat Organized Crime and the leaders from the opposition to prove their intelligence and commitment to democracy.

¿Por qué nos quejamos de la libertad?

Un estado paternalista invasivo y coercitivo viola la concepción americana de sociedad justa que asegura la libertad de escoger cómo diseñar su futuro. Por definición, un gobierno expandido disminuye libertades. Desde los 1930s, los americanos comenzaron a desarrollar la perspectiva de que la política pública debería asumir un amplio rol paternalista en la sociedad. El paternalismo implica la creencia de que no se puede confiar que las personas tomen buenas decisiones, forzando a los reguladores gubernamentales a actuar. Las regulaciones gubernamentales conllevan la transferencia de autoridad y toma de decisiones de las personas a aquellos que tienen poder político. Para el socialismo es fundamental la creencia de que la vida de la persona no pertenece al individuo, sino más bien a la comunidad o sociedad. Consecuentemente, las personas no tienen derechos propios y deben sacrificarlos al “bienestar mayor” de la sociedad. Un gobierno socialista ampliado implica el principio del doble efecto al evaluar la justificación de un acto. El gobierno tiene el dañino doble efecto de reducir libertades. Al ampliarse el gobierno nuestra libertad se debilita. Un estado paternalista invasivo y coercitivo viola la concepción americana de sociedad justa en la cual se asegura a la ciudadanía la libertad de escoger cómo diseñar su propio futuro sin interferencia gubernamental. Cuando apoyamos expansión del gobierno estamos quejándonos de nuestra libertad.