A free society enables a culture of principled entrepreneurship and a belief that people can gain fulfillment through value creation for themselves and others. This requires that individuals are incentivized to show deep respect for others.
The foundation of this culture is respect for the moral dignity of every individual, no matter their station in life. This ensures that powerful people are not able to utilize others as merely means for their own ends. A free society also requires a culture of personal responsibility and self-control.
Toleration—in the sense of not demonizing, using, or advocating force against those with ideas, beliefs, and practices that one considers wrong, but which do not violate the person, property, or liberty of others—is another hallmark of a free society.
Culture IN PRACTICE
The Framework for a Free Society is not a source of new concepts; rather, it is the recognition of the work of thinkers throughout history. The development of the Framework is grounded in a rich literature of both those texts that have advanced these ideas and those that have provided a contrasting world view. The following are some of the works that influenced the development of the Framework for a Free Society:
Hayek, Friedrich A. “Responsibility and Freedom.” In The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978. [Accessed from Portal Libertarianismo.]
Kant, Immanuel, “An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?” 1784. [Accessed from Carson-Newman University.]
Locke, John. A Letter Concerning Toleration. 1689. [Accessed from the Federalist Papers Project.]
Meyer, Frank S. In Defense of Freedom and Related Essays. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1996. [Description accessed from the Foundation for Economic Education.]
Nock, Albert Jay. On Doing the Right Thing. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1928. [Accessed from the Mises Institute.]
Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. London: A. Millar, 1790. [Accessed from the Library of Economics and Liberty.]
Tocqueville, Alexis. “On the Use That the Americans Make of Association in Civil Life.” In Democracy in America, edited and translated by Harvey Mansfield and Delba Winthrop. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.