State Mottos and Liberty

I’m back in the saddle again.

It feels good to get behind the microphone again and to welcome in another exciting year of Podcasting and more.

I hope you had a great New Year and a Merry Christmas and that 2023 brings you great joy and blessings.

It should be interesting.

I made some changes to the Podcast. You should notice immediately.

But the content is hopefully still just as good, if not better.

I’ve got some interesting episodes for this shortened week, and I kick it off with a discussion of State mottos.

That might sound dull, but the dichotomy between Virginia and Massachusetts explains a lot about political culture.

And politics should be downstream from culture.

The Massachusetts State motto clearly indicates a people dedicated to cultural imperialism. Now you might say that the modern version is a truncated form of the Latin, but regardless, going to war to preserve peace is rather Orwellian. Or Yankee.

Either way, it’s bad.

Contrast that with Virginia’s very simple warning to tyrants. That’s the original Old Dominion in a nutshell. Individual–and ancient–liberty of the highest order.

It doesn’t apply to the current Virginia socialist republic, but 1770s Virginia was invested in the ancient rights and liberties of Englishmen.

This discussion will naturally lead to my episode on natural rights, natural law, and liberty on tomorrow’s show, but until then, check out Episode 753 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

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