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July 3, 2014

What Is ‘Ethical Conservatism’?

The contradiction at the very heart of progressive ethics is undeniable:
People must be “forced to be free,” as Rousseau candidly admits. Why? Because the prideful, passionate, progressive heart cannot admit that what it wants is wrong; it must therefore insist that what others want instead is wrong and identify itself with the Promethean lawgiver, “enlightened despot,” or “revolutionary vanguard,” in sympathy with “the People” but not benighted like “the masses,” capable of divining the “general will” of the former and compelled to force that will upon the latter. This follows, perversely, from the Rousseauean conceit that man is innocent of the evil he finds in the world, which originates outside of him and is only imposed upon him. As man is forced to be evil, so must he be forced to be free of it.
| The American Conservative

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 3, 2014 11:59 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

No rhyme, No reason, only treason.

Converse,
Cajole,
Insist,
Impose,
Coerce,
Curse.

Dissemble,
Distort,
Slander,
Sabotage,
Malign,
Misrepresent.

That's the prickly path
to the tyrant's tent.


Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2014 4:28 PM

People must be FREE from the shackles of a 40 hour
work week, working for someone else's profit, that they may be "enabled" to refine their personal choices in "intellectual" and "artistic" pursuits.
By the way, you're not allowed to grow, produce, and sell, (ie)food to others without adherence to "The Commerce Clause", a license, a permit, sales tax, "appropriate" employees, employee tax....etc....etc...and by the way,
Well, the "And by the way..." just never seems to end.

Posted by: CaptDMO [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2014 7:45 AM

Faulty premise, faulty conclusion. People are not "forced" to do anything.
It is called taking responsibility for one's actions.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2014 6:41 PM

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