The View From 1776
Friday, October 07, 2011
The Essentiality of Individuality
No government run by an intellectual elite has sufficient knowledge, foresight, and wisdom to make correct decisions for all the rest of us.
Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, Obama’s former consumer protection agency administrator, epitomizes the smarter-than-thou, “caring” liberal-progressive who is demanding, for your own good, the right to run your life. As Bill Clinton reportedly said about cutting income taxes, the problem is that the rest of us would spend the money on the wrong things. As his press secretary said, only government has the power to improve people’s lives.
So, we should just imagine ourselves as inmates in a society-wide prison, where in return for following orders, we are all treated with liberal-progressive equality: equal housing in our cells, equal clothing (i.e., uniforms), equal food, and equal access to the prison library. After all, in Professor Warren’s paradigm, collectivized society created the societal prison and the rest of us, by definition, owe our lives and fortunes to the prison and the sustenance it provides.
George Will exposes the nonsensicality of the Warren paradigm, the liberal-progressive quest to submerge individualism under the flood of socialism.
In the long battle between the English monarch and his subjects, beginning with Magna Carta in 1215 and extending to our 1776 War of Independence, the thrust was to restrain the rulers within a framework of checks and balances that tended toward fairness.