As I just quoted, the Declaration of Independence states "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed". I observe the following:

From these principles, classical liberals tend to draw several conclusions:

Those of a more deeply individualist persuasion might go even farther:

Over time I find myself trending farther away from the classical liberal position and closer to the individualist position. What that implies for my political views is not something I've settled on yet...

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