How To Fight LibertySubmitted by Marc Clair on Fri, 02/14/2014 - 14:58
by Shayne Wissler
If you understand human liberty, then you understand that it is fundamentally an achievement of the rational mind — only the rational, principled mind can understand what liberty means and how it is applied. It is not simply a matter of “don’t hurt anyone” or “don’t initiate force”, because the world is not like a child’s playground. There are complex webs of property, contract, fuzzy borders, complicated histories of injustice, etc. It takes sincere and rational thought to sort out what is a proper use of force and what isn’t. Therefore, if you want to destroy liberty, then destroy rational thought. Here are some ways to do that:
1. Thwart the development of the virtue of rationality in children.
They will probably carry the vice of irrationality the rest of their lives, especially when the surrounding culture approves of their irrationality while disapproving of those who act rationally.
There are many ways to thwart the emergence of rationality. Mere distraction by meaningless activity is one. But chief among these, and also the final bulwark against persistent youth, is to erect philosophical barriers, to construct seemingly authoritative and complicated arguments that conclude: reason is arbitrary, human ethics is arbitrary, the human mind is cut off from knowing anything other than itself, etc. Such things will instill such an uncertainty and doubt that they will have no energy or motive left to affirm the principles of liberty, or they will affirm them only in a weak and incompetent manner (for rather than attempting to root these principles in reason, they will “root” them in subjective personal opinion and preference).