Politics as Usual
The Dementia of Gore

Need for Strength

James C. Bennett:

Anglosphere values and the good things that came from trying to live up to them did not come from the Good Values Fairy. They are not something that come in our DNA. Rather, they came from centuries of finding out all the bad things that come from ignoring or contravening them. Freedom of speech and freedom of conscience came from absorbing the lessons of the decades of religious and political turmoil following the Reformation, the English Civil War, and the Revolution of 1688. The English and American Bills of Rights were the fruits of these lessons. But rights are a "use it or lose it" sort of phenomenon. Are we in danger of losing them?

Yes, we are. For example, Canada is certainly not holding up. This time it was only a few cartoons. Next time, it'll be the banning of "offensive" words, articles and speeches.


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