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April 17th, 2014 - 9:21 am

George Will on the nature of Progressive politics:

The fundamental division in U.S. politics is between those who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom, and those whose fundamental value is the right of the majority to have its way in making rules about which specified liberties shall be respected.

He’s far too generous. No liberties will be respected. Their goal is now that happy end state where everything not mandatory is forbidden. We’ll be thrown trinkets along the way like legal marijuana (which I once used to enjoy when it was illegal) and Supreme Court-protect strippers (but now I have kids, and who has time for strip clubs anymore?). But in everything important, we already spend more and more of our time either paying taxes or following the rules or talking to a lawyer trying to figure out what the [BLEEP] the rules mean or paying off a lobbyist trying to get a breather from the rules.

Which is exactly how they want it.

Anyway — go read Will’s piece, which is a review of former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s dreadful-yet-revealing new book.

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The problem is that a hard copy of Sandefur's book lists for $106 on amazon -- Kindle version is $9, but I'm still wedded to turning pages of paper.
14 weeks ago
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Actually, Will's piece is a review of Timothy Sandefur’s “The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty" which is a refutation of Breyer's basic hypothesis on the Constitution.
15 weeks ago
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Crap! I had up two columns in my work browser window -- Will's and Breyer's from the NYT. And I totally conflated them.

Anyway, thanks as always for the correction.
15 weeks ago
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I think you are a little off on this. There will be liberties that are respected, with the conditional modifier, as long are you are a member in good standing with the Party.

As long as you are a member in good standing with the party, you can get away with anything and the party will ignore it all, even to the point of idolizing you for anything from lying to drowning an intern.
15 weeks ago
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If you haven't read Jeffrey Snyder's essay "A Nation of Cowards", I suggest that you do so. Although it is primarily about gun control, it is also about the liberal philosophy of controlling the masses for the benefit of the majority. It was written in 1993, but it's breathtaking logic still holds true today.

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"Conservatives must understand that the antipathy many liberals have for gun owners arises in good measure from their statist utopianism. This habit of mind has nowhere been better explored than in The Republic. There, Plato argues that the perfectly just society is one in which an unarmed people exhibit virtue by minding their own business in the performance of their assigned functions, while the government of philosopher-kings, above the law and protected by armed guardians unquestioning in their loyalty to the state, engineers, implements, and fine-tunes the creation of that society, aided and abetted by myths that both hide and justify their totalitarian manipulation. . . .

It is the workings of that habit of mind possessed by all superior beings who have taken upon themselves the terrible burden of civilizing the masses and who understand, like our Congress, that laws are for other people.

The liberal elite know that they are philosopher-kings. They know that the people simply cannot be trusted; that they are incapable of just and fair self-government; that left to their own devices, their society will be racist, sexist, homophobic, and inequitable -- and the liberal elite know how to fix things. They are going to help us live the good and just life, even if they have to lie to us and force us to do it. And they detest those who stand in their way."

-- Jeffrey Snyder from "A Nation of Cowards"
15 weeks ago
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Actually, Progressives believe that government should allow as much personal freedom as is compatible with good order - which is to say, none.
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