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August 30, 2011


"The old Puritans did not want anyone, anywhere, to be outside the reach of their command, for fear anyone would have abnormal or unchaste sexual passions. The new Puritans do not want anyone, anywhere, to be outside of the reach of their command for fear anyone would have the normal and chaste sexual passions, or, worse, a healthy dislike of the abnormal, perverse and unhealthy, or to teach their children likewise. Let us call them the Impuritans." -- | John C. Wright's Journal

Posted by Vanderleun at August 30, 2011 12:47 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Actually, the Puritans were not puritanical about sex. They were quite liberated for their day. Although obviously not tolerant of sexual relations outside marriage, they did think that within the marital bond sex should be enjoyed frequently and vigorously. So I don't think this comparison is much apt.

The old gag about Puritans is that they were deeply fearful that someone, somewhere, was having a good time. The New Puritans are deeply fearful that someone, somewhere, is not only having a good time, but is doing so without the benefit of federal regulation.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 30, 2011 6:31 AM

How soon we forget. The Puritans were the first communist in America. The agricultural plan lasted one winter, but others habits held on.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 30, 2011 9:50 AM

The Puritan's (mini) socialist experiment failed, they figured it out in one year and moved on.

They weren't governing a nation, just a group of about what, 75 people?

And they were a happy, feasting, joking, smoking, drinking, plenty of sex within marriage group.

"Puritans" referred to the their conviction that the worship of God was to be pure, simple, free of the excesses of other worship as they saw it.

It did not mean they sat about trying to be perfectly free of any emotion or happiness or fun.

However, commie jerks and liberals hate them, because they loved God, so, they continue to caricature them as ugly boring meanies to this day.

Posted by: Marie at August 30, 2011 11:39 AM

The puritans weren't really about control, either. There's a gigantic mountain of misinformation about puritans out there. They were the first victims of "progressive" reeducation efforts.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at August 30, 2011 12:21 PM

Puritans provided us with a beach head, so the rest of us could move on from there Same with Jamestown and New Amsterdam.

Progressives don't want us to move on from anything except our basic decency.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at August 30, 2011 12:28 PM

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