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What I Learned from Austin Petersen and the Libertarian Republic

by Lee Enochs

“Give a man a fish, and he will eat for the day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

I have spend the last few years carefully following the political career of Austin Petersen, current candidate for the U.S. Senate and founder of the Libertarian Republic and agree with Austin’s views on economic liberty.

With this in mind, I felt I should address the economic issues facing my hometown of Detroit, Michigan from the perspective of economic liberty.

On August 4th, Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s long awaited period crime film Detroit will hit movie theaters nation-wide. The film will focus on and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the infamous 1967 “12th Street Riot” that wreaked unparalleled sociological and economic devastation upon the entire metropolitan Detroit area.

As a native of Detroit, I have a vested interest in Ms. Bigelow’s latest cinematic offering and hope that her movie doesn’t just reopen old wounds and revisit social issues that have long simmered just below the surface of the Motor City.

The film will touch on the particularly sensitive issue of race relations and Detroit’s police department and I hope the film doesn’t just stir up acrimony without offering a ray of hope and way forward for all of us who love and cherish Motown.

I recently spend time with family and friends in the Detroit area during the 4th of July holiday and took time to drive around much of the city and while I am impressed with the major economic revitalization currently underway downtown, I was equally distressed to see the same crime-filled, blighted, and dilapidated neighborhoods throughout the Motor City that have not reaped the same economic benefits enjoyed by those downtown.

Instead of producing sensationalized films that cast dispersion upon Detroit’s police department, I believe there is a way out of the sociological and economic carnage that has plagued Detroit for over a half century.

I believe spiritual and economic revitalization is the answer to the ills that have long beleaguered the fine residents of Detroit.
There is hope for Detroit and the entire city can rebound and become the economic envy of the entire world.
Yet, the answer does not lie in government subsidies and entitlements which act as a placebo that masks many of Detroit’s economic woes.

The city of Detroit does not need a government handout but a clear economic plan for all its citizens, irrespective of the neighborhood and racial demographic.

Detroit can be reborn if all its residents and neighborhoods experience economic prosperity through viable small businesses and relationships with successful companies that already exist throughout the city.

I would like to petition the companies and individuals in Detroit who are working hard to rebuild the downtown area of the city not to forget all the neighborhoods of the Motor City.

If liberty and economic prosperity is enjoyed by all the residents and neighborhoods of Detroit, the city will become that “shining city on a hill” envisioned by our forefathers.

Detroit can be reborn and it starts now. It’s starts with you and me.

Lee Enochs (B.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a graduate of Detroit’s Holy Redeemer High School and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. Lee is also the author of the books, “The Case for Rand Paul” and, “A Biblical Defense of Capitalism” found on