“Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies.” – Barry Goldwater, born 110 years ago, January 2nd, 1909.
We need to stand up together against spluttering, cluttering strangling flegminism.
A few days ago, when I asked my friend Natalie Connolly what was wrong with the decade that has just ended, she wrote back to me:
“Women were more ladylike in years gone by.
Men and women had more respect for each other. We had fun and we knew boundaries. Today just sneezing could land you in court. “
My initial reaction to Natalie’s comment was a desire to embrace old fashionerd values with this resolution for the New Year and New Decade: “Lets all strive to be better ladies and gentlemen.”
But on New Years Day, I just couldnt do that. The modern forces of tyranny are far too strong for me.
This is no lack of respect for the breath taking beauty of Natalie’s ideals.
But the world where people could truly live those values is gone.
The best I can hope for is that more people show awareness of what has been lost.
Geoff Fox, January 2, 2020, Terra Nullius.