About The Bull Moose

Who We Are:

An egalitarian bartender; a libertarian internet entrepreneur; a lawyer who believes in nothing; a socialist financial planner; a stay-at-home corporate lawyer turned revolutionary; an over-educated golf pro.

Some may say that our occupations are the cause or effect of our beliefs, and to an extent that may be true. The bartender wants beer and happiness to flow freely and equally; the entrepreneur wants his internet as free from restraint as possible; the financial planner views money as little more than a commodity to be produced and traded like tractor parts; the golf pro has much time on his hands in open spaces to contemplate his and society’s sins, the stay-at-home lawyer turned revolutionary has realized that there is much less difference between socialist and corporate structures than he thought; and the lawyer has learned to argue on either side of an issue, leaving him sadly hollow and largely devoid of belief.

Yet, what has drawn us together in the spirit of the progressivism of Theodore Roosevelt is a commitment to the ideals and practice of a free society.

Liberty and freedom are not a given in even the most enlightened eras. Tyranny, the greatest enemy to both, can and will tear into the citizenry no matter which side of the ideological fence any given government falls on.

Given the above, constant and continuing public discourse on a variety of social, political, and economic issues is the only real prophylactic against tyranny’s slow strangle. Unlike other societies which have turned to tyrants in the face of severe and world-changing events, the greatest danger to America is the collective slouch. Next to economic desperation, complacence is the best Petri dish by which to foster tyranny. And, to paraphrase a wise thinker, America will not stand for tyranny, but she will surely sit for it.

Yet, tyranny need not be limited to government alone. Multinational corporations and large-scale social movements contribute to a culture of tyranny in different ways. The corporation, being a fictitious entity with only the motive of profit, is a neutral creature of itself. But, unless the people or their governments impose moral standards upon it, it is altogether too free to pursue the reasonable and necessary goal of profit in very immoral ways.

Likewise, large-scale social movements, awash in the emotion of the day, can be equally dangerous. Social, political, and legal changes made in the immediate throes of outrage seem so necessary at the time, but usually have more far-reaching consequences than imagined. And, when such changes involve the force of government, severe unintended consequences frequently follow to negative effect.

For these reasons, we believe in constant and continuing public discourse which must of necessity and prudence be focused on the various institutions of social, economic, and political power worldwide. Then and only then can freedom and liberty be assured.

Wesley M. Brown