As we discuss the Constitution, the proper role of government, and even the Tea Party movement; we repeatedly hear the word liberty. Liberty is a word, a meaning, a concept with many misconceptions. What is liberty and what place does liberty have in our lives and government?
Liberty is a word with many definitions and even more interpretations. Liberty is also a concept and it is the concept or notion of liberty most worthy of further examination. The concept of liberty evolved from its original form, referred to as natural liberty, to its modern form in civil society known as ordered liberty. The latter is dependent upon the former’s existence whereas the former always resides with man in a natural state.