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Roberto Rachewsky
In defense of Liberty and Individual Rights - Writer and Speaker

I´d like to write.

Shoes left behind where the lives of young boys and girls were brutally taken.

I’d like to write about the gentle wind that breaks the gaze of the young smiling woman sitting on the sand on the beach’s edge, trying to catch the attention of the surfer who has just come out of the sea with his board, tired of carrying him over and over to enjoy the waves of the ocean.

I’d like to write about the melodious sound made by the boy who beats a broken broomstick in the black blank yellow ink can that has been transformed into a drum for the enjoyment of the rest of the kids who accompanies clapping their hands and stomping their feet.

I’d like to write about the rain that falls on the roof, runs into the meadow, and drains through the pipe that forms a shower where cousins and brothers try to wash away the dirt and sweat from the football game they played in the muddy countryside of the empty neighbor’s house, who, fortunately for the guys, went out this year rather than staying around here.

I’d like to write about the white Venetian window blinds that, when opened, allow sunlight to pass through and tan the white skin of the shy woman who does not change out of her bikini before acquiring golden bronze, in a better tone than her friend who was born with that darker color, painted with melanin, that makes jealous, those who care about appearing what they are not.

I’d like to write about the colorful net that, hanged from hooks tied to the ceiling, carries the couple of lovers who are intertwined to feel the warmth of their bodies as they watch the full moon throw its light over the dark sea of the night as if it wanted to point them the pathway to love and happiness.

I´d like to write about the good things in life, but I end up writing about bandits, bad guys who use politics to steal our past by destroying what we have already built, and who destroy the future we want to build, by robbing us of our freedom.

I´d like to write about love and happiness, but I end up writing about murderous terrorists who, under the guise of defending a cause, take lives and penetrate the helpless bodies of girls and boys who haven’t yet realized the meaning of their own lives with their phallus, knives, or bullets.

I’d like to write that nature endowed humanity with equal parts rationality, honesty, integrity, productivity, independence, sense of justice, self-esteem, kindness, intelligence, and love for others.

I’d like to write about amenities, but neither the nature of the universe nor my own, which is a part of it, will let me. Good and evil are not deterministic; they are the result of our free will, that drives us to think by integrating concepts or to avoid by invalidating our senses and our intellect.

Good and evil are the results of our decisions about which paths to take in life. Some people prefer to live in harmony with others and, more importantly, with their own conscience. Others are not afraid of conflict, confrontation, or violence, which leads them to use coercion as a survival strategy.

This is where ethics intersects with politics.

These latter, the lords of evil and their soldiers, do not appreciate the sea breeze, the ebb and flow of the waves or swings, the drip of wet roof waters, or the silver color of the moon illuminating the golden skin of tanned bodies.

No. They despise it all, just as they despise everything it takes to make life happy and peaceful.

They enjoy the color, the smell, and the taste of the blood that flows from the open veins of girls and boys whose lives I tried to describe, no longer exist.

About the Author
Roberto Rachewsky was born in 1955, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. His great-grandparents came from Bessarabia (Moldova and Ukraine), fleeing the pogroms of Tsar Nicholas II. Belonging to a family of traders, Roberto is the owner of an international logistics company and is an active supporter of laisse-faire capitalism for which he co-founded several institutions to spread the ideas of freedom. He recently published the book "The Greek, the Friar and the Heroine", which deals with the philosophical connection between Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and Ayn Rand.