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

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Almost, Billy,Almost

Billy Beck weighs in on a bit broader front after James Rummel posted his The Debate Would Be Over if the Other Side was Rational piece yesterday. Says Billy:
Consider the subject header, taken from Rummel. Now, extend the logic of it to democracy:

The running political fight would be unnecessary -- "over" -- if the other side were rational.
Billy, when it comes to politics, I'd be happy (or at least happier) if either "side" was rational.

But one is now Statist, and the other is Statist Lite. Somewhere along the way, I suspect not long after the Founding, the rational (which our Founders most definitely were) started getting replaced by people with (obviously) less and less attachment to the real world. The replacement process (which reminds me very much of the plot of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers) is essentially complete.

UPDATE: I'm sorry. I just realized my error. For Billy "the other side" is everyone who still thinks voting can accomplish anything. I'm slow on the uptake this morning, obviously. Theirritablearchitect commented:
I really like Billy, and always enjoy reading his take on things. I agree with him on almost everything, including his point, here, but in a philosophical sense only. His position can only be, if and when the masses (and I'd have to include everyone in this mass) gets enlightened about the prospects of freedom. Until then (never), people will still flock to the voting booth, in an effort to afford themselves the self-satisfaction of forcing others, and you, to live by their own standards, through the mechanics of gummint. Freedom? The statists just can't have that.

Until we can get the morons to wake up, the rest of us are just pissing into the wind, don't you think?
I withdraw my objection. From Billy's perspective, he's exactly right.

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