Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Danger of “Total Liberty”

Liberty is a good thing, but the demand for total liberty is a conspiracy to push society into nihilism and lawlessness which are usually a prelude to the establishment of a new tyranny. Those who become part of movements which demand total liberty miss one essential feature of liberty: the concept characterizes freedom within the limits of not only human psychology and human body but also culture and traditions. Liberty does not imply freedom from everything. No man can ever be so free that he is free of his mental capacities, skills, just obligations, gender, sexuality, the traditions of his ancestors, and the laws of his society. To demand freedom from everything is as ridiculous (or vile) as demanding freedom from gravity.

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