We are privileged to walk in the editorial footsteps of one of America’s remarkable journalists, Raymond Cyrus Hoiles, who was born on Nov. 24, 1878 and founded Freedom Communications Inc..
The descendants of R.C., as everybody called him, still own our Irvine, California-based parent company, and maintain his legacy of fiercely defending human liberty.
The editorials in the Portales News-Tribune and other Freedom newspapers follow the principles R.C. discovered through his wide reading, thought and discussion. He believed in those principles deeply and wrote about them daily in editorials and columns. His principles center on limited government, respect for individual liberty, private property rights, free trade, free markets and self-responsibility.
In his writings, R.C. provided a running critique of the crimes and follies of government, criticizing the socialist programs of the New Deal, the flaws of the public education system and the alarming growth of government in people’s everyday lives. Probably his finest hour came during World War II, when he was one of only two newspaper publishers we know of who objected to the internment of Japanese-Americans, the seizure of their property and the violation of their civil rights.
“Few, if any, people ever believe that evacuation of the Japanese was constitutional,” he bravely wrote on Oct. 14, 1943, even as the war still raged. “It was a result of emotion and fright rather than being in harmony with the Constitution and the inherent rights that belong to all citizens.”
We’re encouraged to know that, even though America faces many of the same problems today, R.C.’s own hope of reducing government never flagged across 35 years that saw vast increases in government size and power.
We’re also enlightened by the clear prose and modern thoughts of a man born a year after President U.S. Grant left the White House.
His views sprang from a belief in the goodwill and capability and the right of people to shoulder their own burdens, make their own decisions and work with others to improve their lives and communities, all without the force of or funding from government.
“I have faith that the Commandments and the Golden Rule will promote good will and peace to the degree they are obeyed,” he wrote in 1953 as one of his “Articles of Faith.”
“I have faith that our government would better protect every person’s inalienable rights if it is supported on a voluntary basis rather than by taxes,” said another article.
Happy 125th birthday, R.C. Hoiles. Your legacy of advancing liberty continues.