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Liberty Academy Essay Winner: Liberty and Knowledge

The following is the winner of the Northwest Liberty Academy 2017 Essay Contest, 12-14 category.

Liberty and Knowledge

Liberty and Knowledge

by Jaxom Whipple

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams

I think this is telling the world to in a way learn about their rights and freedom so they can work to prevent their liberty from being taken, so if it ever comes down to it they can defend their freedom, and if it would be a mater of life or death they will know what they are fighting for. a more direct way of explaining this to the people would be: liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge of the government, and that they have a right to know all things. They also have the liberty to desire to obtain the knowledge they are looking for in almost any way.

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom- and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.-Benjamin Franklin. I think this quote is similar to the one of John Adams because they are both talking about the freedoms of the mind meaning, we can think freely, we can speak freely, we can learn, teach, care, keep the government in check, and much more, freely.

Many of our forefathers have said many similar things including Thomas Jefferson saying: Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. All of our forefathers knew that the government had to be reliant on the people or else the people would loose their liberty’s, the government would get too powerful, and it would enslave
the country.

I do not mean to write these in a manor of breaking laws, war like, extinguish the government, etc., I mean to write this in more of a peaceful, educating, way while still defending our rights of knowledge and speech. Fighting doesn’t always have to be violence or have a negative effect, it just has to be for something.

I know that if we learn and pay attention to the world around, from a distance we can keep our liberty’s. Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.-George Washington. We also need to stay in the world but not of the world and defend our freedom’s.


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3 Comments on Liberty Academy Essay Winner: Liberty and Knowledge

  1. Ha ! Good one Boyd ! Jackson’s riposte was, no doubt, in response to critcisms of his spelling. T E Lawrence had the same disdain for “Systems” in translating Arabic/English, and often varied the spellings on purpose as a slap at the academics. I take Mr Whipple to be a youngster, and while his style lacks polish his heart is in the right place. Bravo Jaxom !

    • 🙂
      Right, Neil, I suspect Jaxom is a youngster. The Notes of the Debates of Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison are full of creative spelling…since the Dictionary of 1828 had not been put out yet. And yet the Founders were able to communicate their ideas just fine.

      That being said, there is value in good spelling mixed with intelligence. During WWII our Naval radio communications were bookended with gibberish so the enemy would not know where to start decrypting from. At the end of the battle for Layte Gulf in the Philippine when we defeated the Japanese fleet we had it in our power to destroy ALL of their fleet right there…unfortunately the tail end of the communication to do so came across as semi-coherent instead as outright gibberish…and the radio operator did not trim the message but sent the whole thing to the commander. The semi-coherent tail end of the message caused enough ambiguity that the Commander did not follow and destroy the battered Japanese fleet…and more Americans died in the months to come fighting the Japanese ships that escaped. All the Commander had to do was radio back for clarification of the semi-coherent tail end of the message…but he did not do that.

      So, Jaxon, there is a time and a place for good spelling…and if you don’t know or understand…seek clarification.

  2. “they will know what they are fighting for”…that is the key of being a respectable adult. It does not guarantee victory, however; it will keep your spirit bright into eternity.

    The Vikings who left Norway and settled Iceland/Greenland did so because they were on the losing side of the war against King Harald; they could not would not live under a King but they were too numerically weak to overthrow him…so they struck out on their own…and they knew what they were fighting for.

    Further, it is a far stretch to say the Americans won the Revolutionary War given these facts:
    * At the battle of Saratoga there were more French on the American side and more Germans (Hessians) on the British side; which raises an eyebrow as to what the heck was really going on.
    * The Revolutionary War was ended by a Peace Treaty; not outright victory.
    * The French and Spanish declared War on Britain and entered on the side of the Americans; in fact, the last battle of this War was fought in India between the French and British.
    …and many more details.

    The Americans knew what they were fighting for…but outright victory was not in their power.

    As far as “loose their liberty’s” it is always a good idea to keep your liberties on a leash in case they escape and get in the neighbors yard. And as far as a “manor of breaking laws”…we already have an abode like that…it is called Congress.

    “It is a poor man who can only spell a word one way.” – Andrew Jackson

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