Restoring the Sacred

Thursday, March 5, 2015

William F. Buckley Jr.: The Sharon Statement

William F. Buckley, Jr. hosted a group of ninety young Conservatives at his home in Sharon Connecticut, on September 11, 1960.  At the conclusion of that meeting, the group issued a document now known as The Sharon Statement.  That statement became the founding document for the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF).

Today's Notable & Quotable piece in the Wall Street Journal informs that the Sharon Statement was written by M. Stanton Evans, who died last week at the age of 80.  It then reprints the statement, which you can read by clicking on the above hyper-link.  While every bit of the statement is both clear and profound, one particular quote stands out as being especially relevant today.

Here's the quote:    
...That when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation; that when it takes from one man to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;...