Tuesday, February 08, 2005

A Thought for Freedom

Many people were shocked at the turnout for the Iraqi elections. Having convinced themselves and all their friends that the whole thing was a sham, that "it was all about oil", etc. etc., the sight of millions of Iraqis coming out bravely to vote was too much. There is a distinction to be made between propaganda and reality; though propaganda is useful it behooves one to keep track of where it ends and reality begins. Or else.

The skeptics should have heeded this quotation from Paul Johnson:
Throughout history, the attachment of even the humblest people to their freedom, above all their freedom to earn their livings how and where they please, has come as an unpleasant shock to condescending ideologues. We need not suppose that the exercise of freedom is bought at the expense of any deserving class or interest - only of those with the itch to tyrannize.

1977 - from Enemies of Society

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