This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Worship of liberty ends up justifying abuse

Given the contemporary obsession with liberty and the fact that nothing can be justified to people today unless it appeals to liberty and nothing condemned unless it affronts liberty, we will find it beneficial to frame our comments as follows:

There is legitimacy to the idea of giving people latitude to act as they wish, but perhaps it is time to talk not about the right to live immorally, which is basically the freedom to abuse one’s neighbors, and instead defend the freedom to live without being subject to constant moral and spiritual abuse. Does such a freedom exist? Why does it receive no consideration in the on-going battle of rights against rights, freedom against freedom?

Evil in our day has found liberty-worship to be a supreme instrument. Even factions so opposed as American political parties are at least unanimous in the way the gush slogans about liberty. Having established the script in this way, evil no longer has to fight long and hard to convince people that sinful acts are permissible: it merely has to appeal to freedom as such, and if these acts seem to coincide with ‘the exercise of liberty’ then the conversation about their moral essence does not ever have to come up. Once the case is made in terms of liberty, a flood of well-meaning but simple-minded people appear to defend evil, and they take up the side of evil in the name of good.

Think, for example, of slogans such as “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll die defending your right to say it.” As noble as this sounds, from a moral point of view it is terrifying. No better statement of the perverse outcome of liberty-worship could be found. It explicitly admits that truth and goodness are irrelevant in the face of liberty, taken here as ‘Liberty-with-a-capital L’, an absolute semi-divine value. And once goodness loses its standing as a primary criterion for action, odd things start to happen. Even good people allow themselves to be enlisted in defense of something they know damn well to be untrue. In the example just given, when the noble freedom-fighter promises to die defending the right of the liar to lie, we might ask: defense against whom? What menace threatens the liar? The freedom-fighter might say: I will defend him from totalitarianism, etc., but in practice, they defend the liar from the representatives of truth.

In this way, evil appeals to freedom as a means of escaping restraint and through this appeal, recruits the naïve to fight in its defense, as it proceeds to wreak spiritual havoc on society. For those who would resist, no freedom from abuse is permitted.

Here we can see that the liberty promised by modern regimes is liberty of a certain flavor, and heavily prejudiced.

Any spiritually aware community will constantly have reason to use compulsion, first mentally and then physically, in order to provide an atmosphere of true freedom, which is to say, freedom from abuse by evil people.

Not only do individuals have the obligation to resist evil in themselves, but a properly ordered society also has this obligation and must act on it according to reasonable means.

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