A Community of Influence
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
— Benjamin Franklin
True freedom requires us to be our better selves – what the founding fathers called virtue – and, perhaps more importantly, true freedom requires a community of influence to persistently call upon and elicit everyone’s better self.
NGFF is designed as a community of influence. It is “the establishment,” in Alexander Hamilton’s meaning of the term, “a principle of strength and stability in the organization of our government, and vigor in its operations. This purpose can never be accomplished but by the establishment of some select body, formed peculiarly upon this principle…
…to correct the prejudices, check the intemperate passions, and regulate the fluctuations of a popular assembly…independent in the exercise of its powers…formed as to be the center of political knowledge, to pursue always a steady line of conduct, and to reduce every irregular propensity to system. Without this establishment, we may make experiments without end, but shall never have an efficient government.
Freedom is more than Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand or even George H.W. Bush’s Thousand Points of Light. Freedom must be organized and influential. Freedom does not require perfect people, even if that were possible. Freedom simply requires people of good will toward one another influencing the common good.
As a community of influence, NGFF is designed to be ballast in Utah’s ship of state. When our policy and politics lurch too far toward one extreme or the other, NGFF’s community of influence is here to maintain proper balances of principles and prudence.
Join our Community
Are you a person of good will seeking greater influence in Utah politics and policy? If so, please take a minute to join NGFF’s community of influence – take a stand with reasonable and informed Utahns – and stay abreast of true freedom in Utah.