l emptiness the cause of these pathologies, or vice versa? Or does the etiology lurk elsewhere? Such insecurity and potential for misery is, I submit, sown in the very nature of man. No amount of do-good government or bio-technology will ever absolve us of the insecurity, the risk, of being human; this risk is what constitutes our freedom, liberty. But the protection against all risk – THE essence of big government – militates against this quality of our nature and sheds some light on the effectual truth of totalitarianism and modern tyranny and their horrifying consequences. Protection against all risk is an infinite process and something government, and modern science, does not know how and can’t do. And even if they could cure us of the insecurity our natures, it would leave us with nothing to do – automatons we truly would be, following pure physical laws of nature.

I would offer as an amelioration -- no **Answers** here -- a restoration of limited, self-government. But to do that requires making moral arguments, which libertarians refuse to make (they only make arguments with respect to efficiency, economy, and protection of contract). Limited government can be guided by the people and is energetic. What we have today is emphatically not limited government but obese government which, in the end, is not just wasteful, inefficient but immoral – for reasons adumbrated above.

Guess what? I’m tired and I’m going to bed. I promise to write more on this, Havel, etc.

With all best wishes,

Posted by: Robert Light at September 20, 2002 01:56 AM

Whoops, mistake. The above comment ought
to appear under the "comment" section of posting "The ‘Special Relationship’ … With the Czechs."


Posted by: Robert Light at September 20, 2002 11:03 AM

Robert -- Twarn't a scolding, yon philosopher! I recognize that I am A) an incorrigible optimist, and B) an incorrigible optimist. All my spew is stained with this ideology.

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 20, 2002 11:47 AM
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