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Bookworm Expands on David Horowitz’s Arguments about Totalitarianism

November 2, 2009

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The always-delightful conservative blogger Bookworm linked to David Horowitz’s recent post about leftist totalitarians and commented on its relation to her newest American Thinker article:

My American Thinker article today was about America’s essence, which is freedom.  I believe, strongly, that Barack Obama, by instinct and upbringing, is hostile to freedom.  David Horowitz talks about the coming totalitarianism and the newspeak that casts this oppressive world view as “freedom.”

From her article:

Everything has a fundamental essence, a quality that makes it uniquely itself. Take an orange, for example. It’s not only a citrus fruit — it’s an orange-colored citrus fruit. Horticulturists can alter its size, its texture, its sweetness, and even (to a limited extent) its color, but as long as its color is orange, the fruit remains “an orange” because that color is its definition. Change the color, however, and suddenly you have the un-orange, the anti-orange. You have something completely different that no longer contains the essence of the original fruit. Lose the essence and you lose the orange.

America has an essence too, and that essence is liberty. Since its inception, America has been defined by liberty — both the liberty of the individual and the liberty of the nation. As the Declaration of Independence more elegantly states, “Goverments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” If we, the people make a social compact by which we consent to be governed, it means that government is our servant, not our master. Lincoln understood that ours is a nation boasting a “government of the people, by the people[, and] for the people.”

This uniquely American precept, one that sees the power of government flowing from the people rather than controlling the people, ideally results in a situation in which citizens are subject to minimal government constraints. As the Founders envisioned American government, the state exists to optimize individual freedoms, not to control the individual.

Read the whole thing.

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One Comment
  1. Cas Balicki permalink
    November 2, 2009 2:43 pm

    “…the state exists to optimize individual freedoms…”

    This contradicts the foundation in natural law set by the recent Skousen posts. If man’s freedom is conferred by natural law in that it is innate to man then the state can only exist to protect that freedom even from the state itself. If man is born free, how can the state make him freer? The only thing the state can do is take freedoms away, which is a funny kind of optimization.

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