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“[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” -Benjamin Franklin
“[F]reedom is an opportunity to do good, but … only if it is also an opportunity to do wrong.” -Friedrich Hayek
Which of these statements is correct? If the first, then safeguarding freedom (which is the job of a polis or society) must also mean safeguarding virtue. If the second, society must be utterly amoral if it is to safeguard freedom. To be amoral is in fact to be immoral. A vacuum of virtue will always be filled by evil.
Leaving men to their own devices will eventually mean the need to chain them up. And the chains that follow immorality are tighter and more painful than the bands of virtue.
“[N]ot to be able to sin does not diminish our liberty.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
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I don’t think the president wants to be in charge. I think he wants to sit on his couch and yell at his TV screen and tweet things, but he’s almost happy to be able to kind of get it out of his system and not have anyone listen to him. I think his optimal equilibrium is hectoring Jeff Sessions but Jeff Sessions not quitting, or tweeting out the thing about transgender service members and the military ignoring him, or tweeting out threats to North Korea and not actually changing American posture.
I think that that we have arrived at a new equilibrium in which both the interior members of his staff, the actual federal bureaucracy, the US Congress, the US public, the global public, and global leaders all basically understand the president is fundamentally a bullshit artist and you just shouldn’t listen to what he says.
This is, after all, a president who until Melania and Barron moved down from New York City this summer, spent most nights alone in the private rooms of the White House watching cable news in his bathrobe.
The problem with Trump’s bloviating inaction is that, as president, his words, not just his actions have consequences. When Trump publicly complained about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, many inside and outside the White House expected Sessions to resign. But Sessions has come to realize that he doesn’t have to take the president seriously. He can get on with his job, as he understands it. That means cabinet members and civil service apparatchiks aren’t following orders from above–they’re charting their own course, between the jutting rocks of Trump’s ever-changing dicta and the shoals of public opinion. What a time to be alive!
Do something useful today. Watch this 20-minute Vice documentary that shows the abhorrent and appalling racism of the Charlottesville white nationalists. If you believe Christopher Cantwell, the outspoken white nationalist featured in the video, what happened in Charlottesville was the largest neo-Nazi protest in 20 years. Charmingly, it featured the sort of vehicle-pedestrian violence that the Islamic state favors, only a few days before the latest IS vehicle attack in Barcelona.
The enemy is people who hold human life worthless. They are chanting Nazi slogans, they are driving cars into pedestrians, they are campaigning for an ethno-state, and they don’t want to be peaceful about it.
Seriously, watch the video. There is a hate-filled contingent of white people in our country. And they vote. And sometimes they drive their cars into a peaceful crowd.
In Germany, in the 1920s and early 1930s, communists and Nazis were fierce antagonists; they protested against each other and sometimes brawled in the streets. Only a month after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, Nazis blamed an arson attack on the Reichstag on communist conspirators and so cemented their hold on power.
The Nazis and the German communists had many similarities–the Nazis were nationalist socialists while the Communists were international socialists.
Fast forward to today. I think Brendan O’Neill makes a fair point below. To be clear, I do not think it is unavoidable or defensible that white supremacy would be a reaction to the excesses of racial identity politics, but I think there is a connection.