July 15, 2008

The enemies of Liberty

Brendan O'Neill, in the Guardian.  You have to ask yourself, if you believe in global warming, just how much are you willing to criminalize those who don't?  Even if you believe the Earth is warming, even if you believe Mankind is destroying the world,Read the whole article at the link and ask yourself that question, "Are you willing to put those who disagree with you away?"

Liberty – true liberty – requires that people see themselves as self-respecting, self-determining subjects, capable of making free choices and pursuing the "good life" as they see fit. Today, by contrast, we are warned that we are toxic, loaded, dangerous specimens, who must always restrain our instincts and aspire to austerity. This is not conducive to a culture of liberty; indeed, it represents a dangerous historic shift, from the Enlightenment era of free citizenship to a new dark age where individuals are depicted as meek in the face of more powerful, unpredictable forces.

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