A free society is a moral achievement

“…But what has concerned me these past few years is the sense that we’re beginning to forget the story, believing instead that freedom is the default option in politics, that it just happens, that it’s the norm, not a rare exception, that it delivers rights without responsibilities, and that once won, it lasts forever. These are all mistaken beliefs, doubly dangerous now that the threat to freedom is greater than at any other time in my lifetime.

The events currently shaking the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe may seem far away, but in a global age, nothing is far away. And if the West allows the future to be shaped by Russia or China, ISIS or Iran, it will not be democratic, and it will not be free.”

  • FactsWillOut

    Sadly, a free society is no longer an option, due to the dumbing down of the population.
    We have the choice of either fascist/corporastist or communist, and both lead to the same place: utter breakdown.

    The fascists state that a company’s chief role is to provide a return on investment for the shareholders. The communists state that a company’s chief role is to provide a living wage for its workers. Those two make up the vast majority of the political demographic. The free-marketer thinks the company’s chief role is to proved a product or service to the customer in a timely and affordable fashion; a role that implicitly provides for both the fascists and communists stated goals. The thing is, the stated goals of both the fascists and communists are lies swallowed by the useful idiot demographic, which currently makes up the vast majority of the population.

    Roll on Armageddon.

  • Jim Horne

    U.S. President Roanld Reagan made this statement about freedom.

    “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

    Apparently, he was right.

    • Alain

      People do not have freedom one only to wake up the next day to its complete loss without having been invaded by a foreign tyrant. Freedom is lost, drop by drop, until it is all gone. Remembering the same country in my youth, I can see that there has already been enough drops lost to fill several buckets, and I see it dripping away while people remain asleep. So yes indeed freedom is easy to lose and extremely difficult and costly in lives and blood to acquire.