The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
I'm about halfway through it. The more I read it, the more I understand how it is that the progressives can believe what they do, and espouse the policies they do.
Great how the "politics of meaning" actually means so little.
But it's all okay, as long as somebody is doing something.
What we need is a new Enlightenment. But I think it'd be a hard sell in today's sound-bite world.
I just read The Second Treatise again and I have to say the Old Enlightenment does the job just fine for me.
When I saw Goldberg at American University (more like UnAmerican U) someone asked him what he thought about libertarians. He said the best thing about libertarians is that they never lose sight of the most important thing in preserving liberty : the government is the government. It is not your mother, your father, your doctor, or your friend. It cannot love you.
I haven't read it, can't really afford to spend money on anything not *IMMEDIATELY VITAL* right now.... but from the few things I've seen quoted, it looks like a more readable version of F. A. Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom."
Yeah GOF, I'd roughly agree with that. I like all the intersting little asides in it, and especially I am shocked by the stuff the education establishment glosses over or just plain lies about. I mean it is terrifying to hear senior American administrative officials boasting of meeting Benito or using his planning techniques for America.
You know, I saw a book in the bookstore the other day called the Plot Against America. Essentially it involves Lindbergh being elected President and Nazifying the country in 1940. Liberals will always grip the brownshirted arm on their left for comfort while they nervously look to the right side for creeping fascism. It would be funny, but it isn't.