Can we, then, conclude that no matter by which "ism" it is called, any set of ideas not consistent with the principles underlying America's Declaration of Independence and Constitutional limits on coercive government power is inconsistent with individual liberty?
The only conclusion that one can make! You have basically distilled the quote down to the kernel that sums it up about as good as it gets.
I'd also like to note that he was referring to other situations in the past, but just damn, if one can't see that history repeats itself when one refuses to look at history correctly, one is BOUND to make the same mistakes over and over again. And so we are.
posted on 12/25/2012 9:42:24 AM PST
(According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
Thanks! Your earlier reference to Nock was a reminder of his words from "The Superfluous Man,"
as cited by Kirk & Lewis their "The Responsibility of Citizens" essay from the Bicentennial volume mentioned.
You also posted on the Sam Donaldson thread today. My post there also references some comments by Dr. Russell Kirk in "The Conservative Mind." Pity folks weren't paying attention to his and others' cautions to those who called themselves "conservatives" back then.
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