To: rdb3; Carry_Okie
"The abstract, unreal freedom of the liberal intellect was really nothing more than childish disobedience, amplified into anarchy."
posted on 02/04/2003 11:20:11 PM PST
( Isaiah 55:10,11)
I am uncomfortable with his assertion that hierarchical obedience in service to an established hereditary order is necessity to a free society. I think he misses the true message offered by de Toqueville, that people whose obedience is to God and country as the source of their own freedom, will, as long as they remain vigilant, meet every requirement for both vision and continuity he rightly cites as essential to continued liberty. (Mayhap his infatuation with British law is at root of this unfortunate prejudice.)
It is more a testament to Mann and Dewey and the great wave of immigration that overwhelmed the nation's indigenous Constitutional culture with a European worldview that we have slid so far, much to the delight of European investors who meant us no good will by virtue of its instigation through abetting the Civil War.
I am delighted with the author's observation of the importance of respect for tradition and posterity. He fails, however, to recognize that one who would truly live for one-self enriches that daily life by extending the horizon of one's goals and aspirations beyond that life's own span. No need for kings or riches, as the heavenly one will do.
Ah well, he is young and yet still has time to learn.
posted on 02/05/2003 12:38:56 AM PST
(The environment is too complex and too important to be managed by politics.)
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