Principles of Government Part 1: Natural Law, Rights, and Duties

“It is the lack of knowledge of natural law and principles over the last century that has gotten us to where we are now.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

In this time of great civil unrest, do you know the principles of government that can save us? Do you have a clear understanding of the natural laws and fundamental ideas that shaped the first American documents? Do you know for yourself how these principles, ideas and documents led to the greatest amount of freedom for the largest number of people than ever before in history?

Most importantly, do you know how important all of this is — for you, for your family, for your community and for the world?

Join Audrey and Lindsey this week as they begin a discussion about the natural laws, rights and duties that lay the foundation of proper thinking about ourselves, our communities and our government. As we learn these truths and put our own lives in line with them, and then share them with others, we can correct what’s going wrong!

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1:33          Begin at the Beginning – Aristotle
3:46          The State of All Men – Locke
12:01        The Beginning of Society

14:23        Natural Rights
23:50        Worldviews
29:53        The Four Natural Rights vs. Entitlement
32:32        Maintaining Natural Rights
40:25        Duty/Responsibility
46:19         Natural Law-Now and in the Future

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“Of all the things that I know, what I know best is what goes on inside of me.” ~C.S. Lewis

“The better you understand your home life, the interactions in your family, and the interactions in your neighborhood, and how these interactions work, the better you understand government. ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

“It all begins with the individual.” ~Aristotle

“ …it is impossible that the rulers now on earth should make any benefit, or derive the least shadow of authority from that, which is held to be the fountain of all power…” ~John Locke

“To understand political power, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of the law of nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man.” ~John Locke

“A state also of equality, wherein all the power and jurisdiction is reciprocal, no one having more than another; there being nothing more evident, than that creatures of the same species and rank, promiscuously born to all the same advantages of nature, and the use of the same faculties, should also be equal one amongst another without subordination or subjection, unless the lord and master of them all should, by any manifest declaration of his will, set one above another, and confer on him, by an evident and clear appointment, an undoubted right to dominion and sovereignty.” ~John Locke

“This equality of men by nature, the judicious Hooker looks upon as so evident in itself, and beyond all question, that he makes it the foundation of that obligation to mutual love amongst men, on which he builds the duties they owe one another, and from whence he derives the great maxims of justice and charity.” ~John Locke

“The family is the association established by nature for the supply of men’s everyday wants…But when several families are united, and the association aims at something more than the supply of daily needs, the first society to be formed is the village. And the most natural form of the village appears to be that of a colony from the family, composed of the children and grandchildren, who are said to be suckled ‘with the same milk…Now, that man is more of a political animal than bees or any other gregarious animals is evident. And it is a characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like, and the association of living beings who have this sense makes a family and a state.” ~Aristotle

 Strange and marvelous things will happen with constant regularity as you alter your life and begin living in harmony with the laws of the universe.” ~Earl Nightingale

“The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker; all the servants of one sovereign master, sent into the world by his order, and about his business; they are his property, whose workmanship they are, made to last during his, not one another’s pleasure…” ~John Locke 

“Bad laws and injustice cause contention. ~Lindsey Wright

“Man cannot make principles, he can only discover them.” ~Thomas Paine

“This is a major reason that lawyers and judges were so highly respected. They had the status of scientists. It was their life’s work to discover and apply correct moral principles.” ~Rick Maybury

“The common law judges were very aware that law can involve force. The judges were trying to discover the principles which would guide them in the use of force.” ~Rick Maybury

“Children learn the fundamental principles of natural law at a very early age. Thus they very early understand that one child must not, without just cause, strike, or otherwise hurt, another; that one child must not assume any arbitrary control or domination over another; that one child must not, either by force, deceit, or stealth, obtain possession of anything that belongs to another; that if one child commits any of these wrongs against another, it is not only the right of the injured child to resist, and, if need be, punish the wrongdoer, and compel him to make reparation, but that it is also the right, and the moral duty, of all other children, and all other persons, to assist the injured party in defending his rights, and redressing his wrongs. These are fundamental principles of natural law, which govern the most important transactions of man with man. Yet children learn them earlier than they learn that three and three are six, or five and five ten. Their childish plays, even, could not be carried on without a constant regard to them; and it is equally impossible for persons of any age to live together in peace on any other conditions. ~Lysander Spooner

“Everything is energy. People are energy. The world is energy and what we are doing as human beings is consuming and using energy. We’re turning resources in the earth into resources we can use. An economy is built up of people using energy…Human energy, like any energy, operates according to certain natural laws. For one thing, it works under its own natural control…It is true of course that actions are prompted by suggestions, [etc.]… but the decision to act and the action itself are always under your control…Your freedom of action may be restricted or prevented by force…but the fact remains that no amount of force can make you act unless you agree. Your natural freedom, your control over your own life energy was born in you, along with life itself. It is a part of life itself. No one can give it to you nor can you give it to someone else. Nor can you hold any other person responsible for your acts. Control simply cannot be separated from responsibility. Control is responsibility.” ~Henry Grady Weaver

“If there be such a principle as justice or natural law, it is the principle or law, that tells us what rights were given to every human being at his birth; what rights are, therefore, inherent in him as a human being, necessarily remain with him during life; and, however capable of being trampled upon, are incapable of being blotted out, extinguished, annihilated, or separated or eliminated from his nature as a human being, or deprived of their inherent authority or obligation. ~Lysander Spooner

“It is the lack of knowledge of natural law and principles over the last century that has gotten us to where we are now.” ~Audrey Rindlisbacher

“I’m responsible for myself and to you, not for you.” ~Lindsey Wright

“It is not because men have passed laws that personality, liberty, and property exist. On the contrary, it is because personality, liberty, and property already exist that men make laws.” ~Frederic Bastiat

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