-Free democracies protect the property of all.
-Socialist nations protect the property of none.
-Monarchies consider all property the estate of the king.
-Aristocracies have one set of property and investment laws for the very rich and a different one for the rest.*
-Free democracies assess tax money fairly from all the people to cover vital, limited government roles.
-Socialist societies take money from the rich and redistribute it to the poor.
-Dictatorial monarchies take money from everyone and give it to the dictator.
-Aristocracies take money from the middle and lower classes and give it to rich bankers, owners of big companies (“too big to fail”), and other powerful and wealthy special interests in bailouts and government contracts.*
-In free democracies it is legal for the people to withhold information from the government (e.g. U.S. Fifth Amendment, right to remain silent, etc.) but illegal for the government to withhold information from or lie to the people.
-In socialist societies, dictatorial monarchies, and aristocracies, it is legal for the government and government agents to lie to the people but illegal for the people to lie to the same government agents.*
-In free democracies, the measure of success and the popular goal of the people is to be good and positively contribute to society.
-In socialist societies, the measure of success and the popular goal of the people is to become government officials and receive the perks of office.
-In dictatorial monarchies, the measure of success and the popular goal of the people is to please the monarch.
-In aristocratic societies, the measure of success and the popular goal of the people is to obtain wealth and/or celebrity.*
-In free democracies all the people hold the right to bear arms.
-In socialist nations and monarchies, only government officials are allowed to have weapons.
-In aristocratic societies only the wealthy and government officials are allowed to have many kinds of weapons.*
-Free democracies open their borders to all, especially immigrants in great need. -Socialist and dictatorial monarchies build fences to keep people in.
-Aristocracies build fences to keep people out, especially immigrants in great need.*
*The current United States
Oliver is dedicated to promoting freedom through leadership education. He and his wife Rachel are raising their eight children in Cedar City, Utah.