After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1959 with degrees in electrical and math engineering, Fred went to work for IBM. Over the years he held a variety of positions in computer final-systems test, telecommunications systems design, financial systems development, and display station planning.
After 32 years of service he retired, but has remained active with the publication of a restaurant guide, creation of several business ventures, and the writing and publication of his second book, You Don't Say; Sometimes Liberals Show Their True Colors. (His first book was: Laughter, Love, and a Barbershop Song.)
Currently, Fred attends to his website (www.youdontsay.org) with weekly updates. He is an Accuracy In Media (AIM) board member and board member and committee member of the Freedom-21 Credit Union.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.