Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Missing The Point

Henry Porter, who writes in the Grauniad, is in general a voice for liberty and freedom of choice and he follows this theme with his latest article.

Unfortunately, like so many political journalists, he misses the basic point about civil liberty and 'rights' in his article. One can argue that there is little to be gained highlighting these two topics when 'rights' and 'liberty', civil or otherwise, are denied us by our own elected representatives due to their subservience to those who we cannot hold to account or unelect - not that they were elected in the first place.

Is it not a 'right' of the people of any country to decide how and by whom they wish to be governed? 

Because on that simple 'right' depends their 'liberty'.

1 comment:

Clay Barham said...

Liberty is a broad term. It can mean group liberty or special interest liberty and, of course, what everyone thinks it is, individual liberty or individual freedom. Let’s narrow it down to individual liberty, i.e., our natural individual rights, given us by our Creator, not government, of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is what only exists in America, though under assault today. It is important that free individuals are the only pebble-droppers; the nails sticking up that government people are afraid of tripping over and seek to hammer down. That, however, implies individual self-interest is more important than are the interest of communities. Obama and modern Democrats are opposed to that, as they are united in their support of Rousseau and Marx, not Jefferson and Madison. Check for a new book, SAVE PEBBLE DROPPERS & PROSPERITY, soon to be on