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February 20, 2013
New Book Just Comes Straight Out With It: "Against Autonomy: The Case for Collective Paternalism"
If the benefits justify the costs, [the wrytyr] is willing to eliminate freedom of choice, not to prevent people from obtaining their own goals but to ensure that they do so....
Chew on that.
...So, tell me again the difference between (1) living under such a far-left regime and (2) being a monk of a religious order that imposes harsh discipline 24 hours a day, or (3) being a dog trained to kill other dogs in a kennel, or (4) being a slave of an autocratic ruler who delights in controlling every aspect of every subject including death?
The totalitarians have a lot of Five-Year Plans and schemes to organize us and direct our actions like bees in a hive.
They seem to forget the first principle, the Human Principle: We are humans, we are not bees. We are humans, we are not things. We are humans, we are not gears to be flattened and ground to fit the Machine.
C.S. Lewis should always be quoted here:
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baronís cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
A commenter said they want a monarch, and another said they want to be monarch.
This understates their ambition dramatically. At the end of the day all a monarch really wants is for his subjects to pay for his upkeep, not rebel against him, and take military duty when he decides he should go to war. And of course he'd like fancy gowns and jewels.
But beyond that, the king does not care all that much about interfering in the lives of his subjects. Treason and taxes are the extent of his real emotional investment in them.
But the totalitarian...? Oh my, do they want to do so much more
Corona: "I will be kind and nice to those who understand me ..."
chemjeff - PuppyMonkeyBaby '16: "L,elle, okay maybe I will go to the pound tomorrow ..."
Aetius451AD: "466 That is actually a good thing about some dogs ..."
derit: "I wonder if the hat worn askew came about to avoid ..."
willow: "going to wander off for a while and study. have f ..."
Alberta Oil Peon: "My hubby says a backwards ball cap gives you brain ..."
Corona: "Cats purr. Dogs barf. ..."
Fritz: "I wonder if there's an enterprising business out t ..."
Aetius451AD: "Gentleman, we have usage of "An Affair to Remember ..."
Christopher Taylor: "A cat might yack once in a while but he won't chew ..."
Max Rockatansky : "Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 12, 2016 0 ..."
Willy J.: "There are legitimate reasons to wear a ball cap ba ..."
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