Friday, March 5, 2010

Why Freedom?

I have been given this assignment: To write on the question, Why good grammar? I have not been explicitly asked to answer the question, however, and for that I am grateful. It is a strange question, after all, something like Why clean hands? And its best answer is really, Well, why not? If there is anything to be proved here, it ought to be left to those who support the cause of "bad grammar."

Richard Mitchell, Why Good Grammar?


It seems like the only thing that will shame a politician enough to make him step down from his exalted position is a sex scandal or hidden adulteries (The teary-eyed "I need to spend more time with my family" speech). How shocked would we be if, instead, a politician announced that he was stepping down because his job was antithetical to the freedom that Americans say they cherish?
Is anything less than full freedom really free? Does even one law signify our acceptance of leg chains? Would the elimination of laws result in chaos and (zOMG!) anarchy? Would people turn into pack animals, viciously attacking their neighbors? Would people stop educating their children, quit their jobs, pick up a crack pipe and start playing the lottery?

2 comments:

  1. I think most of us know that those of us who obey the law now would not devolve into looting zombies if "the law" were suddenly null and void. Those who currently ignore "the law" wouldn't change much either (politicians, wealthy people, and other criminals). I think what we would really see is an explosion of new small business! And a "realignment" of the economy, back to something sustainable...

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  2. Hi Mayberry,
    One of the biggest arguments for government is collective self-defense. I've actually heard people say that it would be impossible to defend ourselves without the po-lice. 2 pounds of steel hanging on everyone's waste would solve this non-problem. An armed society would not only be a polite society, it would also be a society where thugs couldn't find unarmed victims.
    An explosion of new small businesses would certainly be more sustainable than the corporation/government "partnerships" we have now.

    Dave

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