Threats to Democracy – After the Suicide of the West.

Here is a thought provoking article sent to me by a good friend. It is sound. Essentially freedom itself puts at risk the maintence of our freedom. At times the article seems to be more a vehicle against liberals then a cultural statement about American apathy; maybe that is just my read as i sit clearly between liberal and conservative and am acutely aware anytime either one is attacked for the sake of being attacked.

Below are some quotes I clipped.

The article link is on the right in the blogroll. http://www.newcriterion.com/archives/24/01/after-the-suicide/
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Today, I believe, there is a widely shared understanding that our culture—not just the political system of democracy but our entire western way of life—is at a crossroads.

namely, that in attempting to create the maximally tolerant society, we also give scope to those who would prefer to create the maximally intolerant society.

Part of that vision is a commitment to openness, but openness is not the same as indifference.

The question is whether we believe anything with sufficient vigor to jettison the torpor of our barren self-satisfaction. There are signs that the answer is Yes, but you won’t see them on CNN or read about them in The New York Times

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2 Responses to “Threats to Democracy – After the Suicide of the West.”

  1. steve Says:

    I was unable to open the article so I cannot comment on its content, however, we should be wary of the curent media definition of “liberal” or “conservative”. I am not sure what these terms mean anymore but certainly neither describe me. These terms are best left behind in the sixties where they belong.

    If “conservative” means pro buisness at any expense and fundametalist evangelical christian values than I am certainly not that. And, if “liberal” means big government, an anything goes morality and ineffective social programs at the cost of economic sucess than I am not that either.

    What we need to do is to access where we stand morally and decide which of our two parties (and maybe a third) better represent our values.

    Neither party is the “values” party, that is all smoke and mirrors. What we have to do is to look at the substance of their legislation and decide which best reflects us.

    When I see a certain party advocative for environmental deregulation, less states rights, and a radical fundamentalist religious agenda I tend to shy away (I think we all know which I am talking about).

    What is confusing for many is that the term “conservative” used to mean something much different than it does today. If you look at past politics in American society you will find the the old “conservative” tenents are now better represented in the “liberal” arena.

    Anyhow, I’ve rambled enough. Thanks Brian for providing this open forum for debate. I find that the internet is truely where modern freedom resides.

    Steve Bowes

  2. bowes Says:

    Looks like New Criterion took the article down.
    I will leave the link in blogroll and put googles cached link in the above post.

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