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April 15, 2010

The question of freedom

Theodore Dalrymple on a depressing, and perhaps sinister aspect of public commentary that ignores the question of freedom.

It is a necessary condition of freedom that private citizens should be allowed to treat with, or to refuse to treat with, whomever they choose, on any grounds that they choose, including those that strike others as repellent. Freedom is freedom, not the means by which everyone comes to precisely the same conclusion and conducts himself in precisely the same way.
For liberals, it seems, any trampling on freedom or individual conscience is now justified if it conduces to an end of which they approve. Thus liberalism turns into its opposite, illiberalism.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 15, 2010 07:23 AM