31 March 2013

Servant to Master; Revolutionary to Tyrant

When I started reading this, I was chafing that he was missing what I thought was clearly the point. Yes, I was just being impatient; he was holding back, saving the truest for last.

This is a great article: Rappoport on the big turnaround. This excerpt is where I realized that, as usual, Rappoport is very nicely on target:
The political Left promoted rebellion against the State as long as they saw themselves outside in the cold. But when they began to realize that they were, in fact, becoming the State, with all the power of the federal government, they dropped the idea of genuine rebellion like a hot potato. They praised big government, they assured everybody it was the solution, not the problem.
This is hopeful statement, explanation, and cautionary tale; as the freedom movement expands and begins to return freedom and constitutional lawfulness to America, let's all make sure that it really is freedom. As I've implied before, I am quite concerned at the narrow-mindedness that some of the liberty movement comes with. There are some "blind spots" that need taming.

Liberty means that we all are free to do ANYTHING we want, as long as it harms no one (no one but ourselves, that is, if even that). Harm has to be defined in real terms; real psychological damage (PTSD as a result of a rape or other terrible assault--child molestation, false imprisonment, etc) to be counted, but being offended, having feelings hurt, experiencing disgust: these don't count.

The risk for which we need a cautionary tale is that some in the freedom movement have beliefs that certain behaviors can properly be legislated, even though they do not harm anyone except, perhaps, the person doing them. Those ideas have to go. They cannot coexist with freedom, and they will demolish the sustainability of the society, if they enter the picture when government is wrested from globalists and the financially greedy.

Harking back to a recent article of mine, this is what SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) should harp on if they mean what they say. But I don't think they do; they prefer to attack the freedom movement, basing their anti-self-reliance and anti-freedom arguments on these blind spots, but only cynically; if those blind spots were gone (let's get RID of them, folks!), we'd see SPLC still militating against the empowerment of the people over their own lives.

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