Theodore Dalrymple (aka Anthony Daniels) is a fantastic write who reads some of the most gripping and readable books around on the topics of modern society and culture. His book, Life at the bottom, should be mandatory reading for those who desire to understand human behaviour and life. He has penned an extremely short essay for City Journal called When Freedom Isn’t Free.
Freedom is freedom, not the means by which everyone comes to precisely the same conclusion and conducts himself in precisely the same way.
The depressing, and perhaps sinister, aspect of the public commentary on the case is how largely it has ignored the question of freedom. For liberals, it seems, any trampling on freedom or individual conscience is now justified if it conduces to an end of which they approve. Thus liberalism turns into its opposite, illiberalism.
Posted on: Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:43 PM