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Published November 15, 2011 in Talking Points by Sharon Harris
Can we achieve a free society? I believe we can.
History is on our side. Whenever something has been separated from the state, it has proven to be better for the people involved, for the activity itself, and for society.
Consider religion. The King was once considered God's representative. How dare anyone suggest that virtue could exist in society if the state didn't force religion on everyone. Surely there would be chaos and barbarism.
But look what happened when church and state were separated. Churches blossomed and grew. Society was much better off once the government's Crusades ended. And when the church-state Inquisition ended. And when the state no longer burned "witches" at the stake.
Think about the wonderful benefits that have come from separating speech and state — politically, culturally, and personally.
Separation of economy and state — to the extent that it's been done — has produced flourishing economies with prosperity beyond anyone's wildest dreams.
The privatization revolution has produced savings of 50% or more and amazing efficiency. I look forward to even more separation of garbage collection and state.
The next major separation I would like to see is separation of SCHOOL and state. Getting government out of education would provide huge benefits for everyone – especially lower-income families who now must send their children to the worst government schools.
Whenever someone advocates that something else be separated from the state, the idea is considered heretical, unachievable, even undesirable. But, from the grand (like education and free speech) to the mundane (like garbage collection), separation always leads to a better world for everyone.
The idea of replacing coercion with liberty is as exciting as the revolt against the divine right of kings – and as important as the revolution to end slavery.
Utopia is not an option, but in a free society we can get a heck of a lot closer to it than we are now.
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