Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Liberalism and Statism

Talk about the error of liberalism is not enough by itself; it goes hand in hand with statism, and those who use it for the sake of amassing power must be discussed as well. Liberalism is the tool of the modern nation-state that seeks to be all-encompassing, and liberal philosophers are useful idiots at the service of the state.

Peter Hitchens:
What were all these things about? Why, personal autonomy. Their central slogan was ‘I can do what I like with my own body and nobody can stop me. How dare you tell me what I can do with it?’

The paradox, well understood by Aldous Huxley, is that the person who proudly yells this battle cry also meekly accepts that in return he must surrender his mind, his privacy and his wealth to the power of the parental state.

In Michael Booth’s book, it all came together in an intentional, deliberate pattern. These things are connected. And it is the absence of the Christian conscience which makes them possible, and which is their enemy and rival. The new all-powerful parental state, the war against the married family, the scorn for conscience, the loud demand for personal autonomy and the rage against those who suggest it is in any way limited by morality or law, are all one cause, reborn in the West since the collapse of the USSR and advancing fast on all fronts. I saw it in Moscow and after my return from there, but instinctively. As so often, my instincts were right, and it has taken long years for my understanding and knowledge to catch up with them.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About the Nordic Miracle
NPR Interview

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