Quote of the day—Lyle @ UltiMAK

There are only two forces. Liberty and coercion.

November 4, 2012
Comment to Quote of the day—Rivrdog.
[With the proper viewpoint politics can be very simple.

But as we vote today, for all intents and purposes, we only have a choice between coercion and a lot of coercion.—Joe]

4 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Lyle @ UltiMAK

  1. “Freedom is great when you can exploit it; but when you have so much that you don’t know what to do with it, then it all becomes a little pointless.”

    That’s something to ponder….

  2. I found only one instance of that quote.

    I can fully empathize with author of that article. I have no interest in being alone and have invested a lot of time in making reasonable precautions that will not happen to me. And if that is a major concern in your life and you would like some advice please feel free to send me an email (ubu52@joehuffman.org) and I’ll do what I can to help.

    But we are talking about two different types of freedom here. The sad situation that you are apparently concerned about is not one that is appropriate to address by political philosophy and voting. My post here, and Lyle’s comment, are about political philosophy.

    You are a little off topic but I can see how you got there.

  3. Yes, today’s election is for the philosophy of the government here, and while it would be good to be able to vote for liberty instead of against coercion, we have to settle for a choice between a candidate with his foot firmly on the throttle and one who only occasionally thinks of stepping on the gas.

    The only times I was actually voting FOR a candidate were way back in my youth when I was politically an ignoramus and voted for what was emotionally comforting. Sowell’s first order thinking, or whatever he calls it, through and through.

    The matter of too much liberty in the political sphere is one we haven’t had to deal with for more than 100 years, and in the personal sphere it is a matter of values and imagination.

  4. I submit that any decision, in any sphere, that is based purely on emotion is probably a wrong decision, and likely a horrible one. Anger, resentment, desire, lust, hate, excitement, sometimes even “love” (the kind that puts another person or group on a pedestal, which really isn’t love, but idolatry) are extremely poor guides along the road of life.

    The concept of “too much liberty” makes no sense. Some people foolishly equate “liberty” with “doing what ever you want”. “Liberty and justice for all” is what “liberty” really means, but I take the “…and justice for all” part as inseparable from liberty, being that you cannot have liberty if others are allowed to violate your rights as part of their “liberty”. Being as there is no right to violate rights, there is no such thing as “too much liberty” except in people’s twisted imaginations, disconnected as they are from reality. Poor wretches.

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