Individual freedom strengthens the common good – The Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions

Our nation was founded on the unique principle that individuals acting in their own best interests will overcome the greatest challenges while harnessing the power of government.

Adherence to this principle is particularly critical in times of crisis, when the government tends to take advantage of the circumstances of the day to increase its control and dependence on citizens.

Protecting individual freedoms enables citizens to act in a way that benefits themselves and their families – even during difficult times – by finding better solutions to problems, thus contributing greatly to the common good that forms the basis of ‘a stronger and freer society.

For example, allowing individuals to fully exercise their Second amendment rights may be even more important during a pandemic when the temptation increases for criminals to seize the opportunity presented by thinner resources for law enforcement and a generally stressed public to engage in malicious undertakings.

Individuals motivated by the crisis and concerned about reducing police patrols and prisoner releases decide to protect lives and property by purchasing a weapon not only – and of course – are acting in their own interests, they are also contributing to the common good. by deterring potential attacks and freeing up limited law enforcement resources for use elsewhere.

While states are certainly given more power than the federal government – including during crises – trusting individuals to act in their own best interests should also be the default position of state government and will deliver results. the most favorable.

This is why small business owners and pastors across the Commonwealth can trust as much, if not more, than politicians in Frankfurt to advance and protect the common good during the current pandemic.

No sane business owner wants a reputation for putting their customers at risk just because they stubbornly refuse to take simple steps to protect them.

No pastor wants the kind of backfire caught by leaders of two Hopkins County churches when several parishioners who attended their joint revival service in mid-March caught the virus some of whom lost their lives.

Making sure Kentuckians know what’s going on and allowing them to use that information while accepting the risk and responsibility for how they react is a more appropriate role for government and would likely cause less damage to our economy. caused by the abrupt, abrupt and sudden downturn that we have experienced in recent weeks.

Too many Americans buy into the idea that someone who says “I’m from the government” is somehow more qualified to tell Mom and Pop how to run their convenience store and keep them and their customers safe, or worse , close the business and force it into bankruptcy.

A recent study by the British Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise claims that Frankfurt’s policies of social distancing and forcing businesses to shut down have saved 2,000 lives.

Yet while the data may be credible to support this claim that lives have been saved, should we rule out the possibility that the results would be just as good – if not better – without government brutality?

To say otherwise is to admit: we don’t trust individual Kentuckians to do the right thing – including loving their neighbor – without a politician sticking a crooked finger in their face.

Thin-skinned politicians who think they know or care more than individual citizens – and therefore are somehow more qualified – to control and completely change the lives of the citizens they are called to serve to display some form of arrogance which we might consider getting rid of ourselves before the next crisis.

Jim Waters is President and CEO of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free market think tank. Reach it at [email protected] and @bipps on Twitter.