Tag Archives: tyranny

On Evil

19 Mar

“Know what is evil, however much worshipped it may be.  Let the man of intelligence not fail to recognize it, . . . because it cannot . . . hide its core;  slavery does not lose its infamy, however noble the master.”

— Baltasar Graciàn, Spanish Jesuit (1601-1658)

Not a new thought — rather, a timeless one, as demonstrated by this 400-year-old proverb.  Very similar instruction found in the Bible.  Be vigilant in identifying evil for what it is.


“An abject failure of imagination . . .”

5 Jun

Not always a fan of Michelle Malkin — she seems sometimes like a rabid dog on the attack.  On the other hand, it very often feels as though she is right on target.  In an essay describing her concern about the “unauthorized” iris scans of students that occurred recently, she made the following statement that I thought was so well said that I would repeat it here.  These days, it seems to apply to literally dozens of scenarios.

She said:

“Those who scoff at us ‘paranoid’ parents for pushing back at Big Brother in the classroom suffer from an abject failure of imagination about government tyranny.”

I love this statement — “an abject failure of imagination about government tyranny”.

Doesn’t this just perfectly sum up our frustrations with regard to all those who think conservatives are simply “overreaching” in their pursuit of truth re:  Benghazi, the IRS, targeted journalists, Fast and Furious, do-nothing gun control bills, alternative energy, etc., etc. [see my former posts on “overreaching].

And our frustrations in regard to all those low-information voters out there who continue to find it impossible to believe that the Obama Administration would do anything that would erode our liberty?

They have “an abject failure of imagination about government tyranny”, and one day we will slip over an edge from which there is no return.  But we will be “safe” — safe in the arms of an overprotective government that wants to direct our every move and thought.

C S Lewis on Humanitarians in Power

8 Feb

Some 60-70 years ago, in an essay titled, “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment”, C. S. Lewis, Christian apologist extraordinaire, wrote a passage that appears considerably more relevant today than in his own time.  Lewis wrote:

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.  The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.  They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth.  Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult.  To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and to be cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level with those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.  But to be punished, however severely, because we have deserved it, because we ‘ought to have known better’, is to be treated as a human person made in God’s image.”

I believe this can rest without my further comment.