We are excited to welcome our founder and editor’s newest addition to the Freedom Forge family. She arrived during the fabled Blizzard of 2016 (a.k.a. “Snowzilla” or Winter Storm Jonas for you non-East Coasters), which dumped some three feet of snow in the area. We’ll call her Baby Freedom, not only because it fits with our mission statement, but she’s shown an unnatural talent for breaking loose from her swaddle clothes to get her arms free: reminding us (and hopefully everyone else for that matter) that freedom is the natural state of man — and kidkind.
Baby Freedom arrived to much fanfare. One day she’ll have stories to tell of an auspicious arrival during the height of a blizzard to fire trucks, firemen shoveling snow, ambulances getting stuck on snow-covered highway ramps, and an ER department full of stranded doctors and nurses.
But that is a different story for another time.
We’re particularly excited about the events of the last few weeks because it gives us an opportunity to share Adventures in Parenting from a (small “L”) libertarian perspective.
Parenting, it seems, has far more rules than it did when I was a kid (confirmed with parent input). Car seat laws until age 8? Sometimes longer? Mandatory vaccination schedules? A government agency threatening to take children away for letting them play in a park? Parents being arrested and charged with felony child neglect for letting their child play in the back yard? Instilling notions of communal property in kindergarten and elementary schools? Nobody loses sports teams? Does the government really care more about Baby Freedom than her own parents do? Or does it mostly care about compliance with its mandates – right or wrong – beneficial or harmful? And what about the status of America’s ill-fated social safety net programs? There’s not much confidence in registering for a Social Security program that is projected to be insolvent before Baby Freedom even attends high school.
Baby Freedom has a very uncertain future. Mounting deficits and government debt. Insolvent safety net programs, calls for spiraling taxes to ensure “fairness”, high regulatory burdens, and corporate taxation. These are only a few things the government is doing to threaten Baby Freedom’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of her own happiness. And with the amount of time and effort it takes to get government to acknowledge its mistakes and change course on the destructive things it is doing, the future is now.
The journey is just beginning, and we invite you to join us along the way as we bring you updates – and share your own perspectives on the subject by way of guest blog posts – in the Adventures of a Libertarian Parent.
(If you have an incident, story, pro tip, or other sage advice, we welcome your input. You can reach us at submissions (at) freedomforgepress (dot) com. Tag your subject with “AOALP: [your message subject].”