These abilities contribute to what is commonly called character, which
term also implies dispositions to behave with honesty, integrity,
responsibility, self-direction and dependability in interactions with
others. Among other things, persons with good character typically keep
promises and honor contracts, respect the sovereignty of other persons
and their ownership of property, and in so far as possible, take
responsibility for themselves by providing for their own needs and the
needs of those to whom they have assumed some voluntary obligation.
Persons with character do not make legally enforceable claims on the
time, effort or material assets of other persons. They do not feel
entitled to be subsidized by persons with whom they have no prior
personal relationship or contractual duty.
More specifically, the usurpation of fundamental economic, social and
political functions by the collectivist state alters the climate of
individual development in the society, frustrates the achievement of
adult competence, and leads to increasing numbers of citizens who
choose to remain pathologically dependent on the state, childlike in
their submission to its authority, and stunted in their character
development. Under the modern liberal agenda, the people fail to
develop normal capacities for adult autonomy, self-reliance and local
community responsibility that are the necessary foundations for both
individual happiness and social order.
A given individual's personality and character, as noted throughout
this work, are reflected in his enduring patterns of thinking, emoting,
behaving and relating. Comparable patterns describe a given society's
overall "personality" or character: its dominant rules for living and
modes of relating expressed in laws, traditions and customs; its
political principles and modes of government; its morals, ethics and
religions. A society's character is reflected in whether its people
are governed by justice and the rule of law grounded in individual
liberty rights or by a socialist state's entitlement to the lives and
labors of its citizens.