Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, December 03, 2004

The Frivolity of Evil

"Thank you, Kim" is not precisely what I want to say but I needed to read The Frivolity of Evil. I think everybody needs to read this piece, and discuss it, because it's overwhelmingly important. With the question of "moral values" raised by the pollsters here after the election, and the sneering reaction of the Left to the response, it's especially timely. Theodore Dalrymple writes in City Journal of what he most accurately terms "the frivolity of evil," echoing things I've seen and read literally for decades.

It does not do this piece justice to excerpt, but I must. A couple of weeks ago I reprised a much older fisk I'd done long before I started blogging. The author of the piece I fisked was a self-professed utopist liberal. Among the characteristics he attributed to Liberals was the following:
"Liberals have a fundamental faith in the ability of humans to better themselves and act appropriately when the situation calls for it."
Read Dr. Dalrymple's take:
My work has caused me to become perhaps unhealthily preoccupied with the problem of evil. Why do people commit evil? What conditions allow it to flourish? How is it best prevented and, when necessary, suppressed? Each time I listen to a patient recounting the cruelty to which he or she has been subjected, or has committed (and I have listened to several such patients every day for 14 years), these questions revolve endlessly in my mind.

Intellectuals propounded the idea that man should be freed from the shackles of social convention and self-control, and the government, without any demand from below, enacted laws that promoted unrestrained behavior and created a welfare system that protected people from some of its economic consequences. When the barriers to evil are brought down, it flourishes; and never again will I be tempted to believe in the fundamental goodness of man, or that evil is something exceptional or alien to human nature.
That's the difference between theoretical and experimental. Yet, as we've all seen, while the experimental evidence overwhelmingly disproves Liberal belief, they go on believing it. Or acting as if they do.

Dalrymple goes on, in damning detail, to illustrate his fundamental points. Please, please read this. Think on it long and hard. Pass it around to friends and relatives. Get into arguments over it. Make Liberals defend their positions regarding what he illustrates.

Thank you, Kim, for pointing me to that post. I think I'll go be ill now.

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