The ideas of governance on which America is founded represent,
perhaps, man's greatest achievement. The idea that government must be
empowered only by the consent of the governed, is the most powerful
idea about governance ever conceived. At the end of the day, it is
the idea, and the system of governance, that will guide all people to
healthy, happy, and prosperous lives.
The mission of Freedom21 is to advance and promote the principles of freedom at every level of government.
A collection of commentaries, thoughts, and ideas on the issues we face in the advancement and defense of the principles of freedom.
WHEREAS individual freedom is among the highest of human
WHEREAS individuals bear the responsibility of exercising and
defending freedom; and
WHEREAS freedom is defined differently by different societies; and
WHEREAS it is imperative that a campaign to advance the principles
of freedom be constructed upon a solid foundation of mutual agreement,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following principles of freedom
be adopted by the Freedom 21 Conference, meeting in St. Louis,
Missouri, July 9-12, 2000:
People have inherent, natural, unalienable rights to life,
liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness - the foundations of
Governments exist expressly to protect these rights.
Governments derive power from the consent of the governed, to
protect these rights.
Public policies, which constrain people's rights,
must be enacted only by representatives
elected by the people.
Constitutionally limited government is the best form of
That government is best which governs least.
No foreign government shall supersede the authority of the
government of the United States of America.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these principles be advanced through
projects and programs of participating organizations, and by the
activities of individuals who share the belief that these principles
are the foundation of freedom.
DONE THIS DAY by the people assembled in St. Louis, Missouri as
participants in the Freedom21 National Conference.
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