Fools With Good Intentions

Andrew Klavan: Obamacare — How nice people crush freedom

In other words, there’s always a good reason to take your freedom away — your health, the poor, your evil opinions, the lousy way you raise your kids — and never a reason to preserve freedom except the love of freedom itself. Thus, so often, the people destroying the American way of life are actually nice people who just want to help.

He goes on to quote C.S. Lewis:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

There is no end to the number of people who honestly believe that they have the answers to the problems of this world. People who believe that if only their fellow human beings would behave in a certain way, all would be solved.

Sometimes their ideas even sound plausible. That is until you realize that they either ignore human nature as it actually exists, or pretend that our nature is malleable and easily altered, which it is not. Human nature has not changed for at least 10,000 years. In all times and in all places human beings are dramatically consistent in how we feel and how we behave. History repeats itself because the lessons of history, no matter how hard we study them, do nothing to change who and what we are.

The best that we can hope for in this life is to live free and to be responsible unto ourselves for the course of our own lives. Attempts to solve problems caused by the incompetencies of others are in vain. The most we can do is work to ensure that the consequences of incompetence are imposed upon those responsible and to separate ourselves from that incompetence.


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