Repost: “The Sickness in the Left”

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I think this piece of writing by Nick Goroff in Occupy.com is still relevant today.  Being a “liberal” means valuing civil and political rights for each individual.  We should not be restricting the freedom of those in the majority population to protect those in minority populations.  Advocating for individual rights is synonymous with advocating for minority rights because civil rights for each individual creates a consistent standard amongst the total population.

We don’t need to create “safe spaces” on university campuses or anywhere else because those decrees treat a specific segment of the population different from the rest of the population, which leads to the creation of a special class of people in society.  I don’t want to see minority populations be transformed into an aristocracy based on a perceived lack of advantages, that would be counter-intuitive because it would create exactly what advocates for social equality do not want to see: an aristocracy.  These so-called “social justice warriors,” these “moral busy-bodies,” (lets just call these people what they are) these cultural Marxists need to take a long look into a mirror and ask themselves who are the real authoritarians.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s 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. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals (C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology, 1948).

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