The tenets of Socialism
To the editor: For some reason, those who support the tenets of socialism always refer to how happy and prosperous socialistic countries are in Europe and, as such, I have to assume these individuals have spent an inordinate amount of time in these countries. How else could they make such statements? Attendant to these statements is always comments on how awful our way of life is in the U.S.
First of all, I doubt those who espouse the socialistic way of life have ever lived in these countries. Sure, we have former citizens of these countries who now live in the U.S., but why? Could it be our capitalistic way of life offers much more than the socialism from which they came?
In a speech to British ambassadors, Tony Blair, former prime minister of Britain, said this about the U.S.: “I sometimes think it is a good rule of thumb to ask of a country, are people trying to get in or trying to get out of it? It’s not a bad guide to what sort of country it is.”
And that other great British statesman, Winston Churchill, said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
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.