Why Freedom?Posted: January 28, 2012
Why freedom? It seems axiomatic. It just feels right. Who would advocate slavery? And yet, preferring freedom is just an opinion, really.
Feel free to disagree with me, but the fundamental argument in America right now is whether we should have more or less government. Government is a restriction of freedom, so any government except self-government is slavery. You might argue that government is a “good” slavery, and much better than whipping-you-in-the-cotton-fields slavery. I think any amount of slavery is intolerable, irrespective of whether or not “we” get to vote for the whip holder. So you can imagine what I think of my neighbors eagerly trotting to the polls to decide how long my chains should be. If ever there was a candidate that favored driving the entire government into the sea, I might vote for him.
On the way home from work, I sometimes listen to right-wing hate radio. (I’d also listen to left-wing hate radio if ever I found some.) Hannity and Levin, mostly. Both of them share a fondness for The Constitution, The Bible, hatred for Muslim infidels, a large standing army, and God; not necessarily in that order. They base their argument for freedom on greater prosperity, reduced irritation, this or that, whatever. But what if freedom was less prosperous than slavery? What if freedom was more irritating than slavery? Would you still want to unlock those shackles? I would, but for a different reason than you might expect. I think freedom is more interesting. I find standing in line at the department of motor vehicles, a typical government-imposed activity, is intolerably boring.
Posted by Dave