Monday, May 07, 2007

Gulliani: Freedom Is About Authority

In a recent speech on crime, Rudolph Gulliani made a somewhat shocking statement. It's unfortunate because I like Rudy in many ways. He said:
Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.
Yes, Rudy and War Is Peace; Ignorance Is Strength.

Freedom isn't about submitting to authority. Freedom is about the LIMITATION of authority, allowing individuals the maximum liberty to do what they feel is best, provided it harms no others.
"As long as human beings are imperfect, there will always be arguments for extending the power of government to deal with these imperfections. The only logical stopping place is totalitarianism -- unless we realize that tolerating imperfections is the price of freedom." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

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