As I listened to Barack Obama’s inaugural speech yesterday, the memory of Sing-Sing and that particular prisoner floated into my memory.
Obama’s vision of America is Sing-Sing.
The government will provide just about everything you need to survive.
In return, you will surrender your freedom.
But don’t worry—and this is the most insidious part of post modern liberalism—slavery will be redefined as freedom.
Robert J. Avrech
January 22, 2013
Welcome to Obama’s Sing-Sing
[Roosevelt’s four “freedoms” can be met in a prison. Avrech merely expresses it in more direct language than some Obama and Roosevelt defenders would be comfortable with.
From talking to a fair number of people I’m shocked at the number who see it as a reasonable trade. I can see now why tyrants often come to power from the ashes of a collapsed economy. And because of this one might also postulate that those that drive an economy into collapse frequently want to be tyrants.
Avrech status with me is close to reaching the point where I put him in the same category as Tam. Tam is no longer eligible for QOTD because she would dominate nearly every day.—Joe]
“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking…is freedom.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
Evil thrives in hopelessness, and in the envy, anger, fear, suspicion and judgmentalism that feed hopelessness. Of course then, any would-be tyrant will tend naturally to foster those things in society. Reason (detached discernment) strength and resolve are of course enemies.
These conflicts also occur internally in almost everyone. If we’re thusly conflicted personally, there is no possibility of defeating it in society at large. That’s the hardest part of all of this to understand, maybe.