French have a strange au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism thirst

Orlando Sentinel - - OPINION -

that we need were treated as pari­ahs and re­garded as selfish peo­ple who don’t care about their fel­low man.

Don’t want open borders? You’re a bigot. Never mind the sim­ple truth that not ev­ery low-wage worker in the world can be em­ployed in the West, par­tic­u­larly at a time when robots are tak­ing over low-paid tasks.

Don’t want to see a cage match be­tween Don­ald Trump and Vladimir Putin? You must be a free­dom-hat­ing traitor. Never mind that Putin’s eco­nomic views th­ese days hew closely to Ron­ald Rea­gan’s in the 1980s, and that Rus­sia has a 13 per­cent per­sonal in­come tax rate.

Don’t want to empty your wal­let to “fight” global warm­ing? You planet-killer! Never mind that the uni­verse is more self-reg­u­lat­ing and more pow­er­ful than the ego that would con­clude it could con­trol Earth’s ther­mo­stat by toss­ing a few more bucks at the prob­lem.

The grand il­lu­sion de­pends on full com­pli­ance in per­pet­u­at­ing th­ese smaller il­lu­sions. Prac­ti­tion­ers of true free­dom who act in­de­pen­dently rep­re­sent a threat to the model and will al­ways feel the pres­sure of govern­ment’s boot on their neck.

This isn’t some kind of great govern­ment con­spir­acy. Only in some cases does the govern­ment crim­i­nal­ize speech. We’ve been polic­ing each other. The sys­temic tyranny has ramped up to the point that it is now be­gin­ning to un­ravel.

We’ve come full cir­cle from 50 years ago, when the es­tab­lish­ment was deemed too con­stric­tive and re­placed not by ac­tual free­dom but rather by a con job dressed up in th­ese val­ues. Of course, there’s al­ways the dan­ger of his­tory re­peat­ing it­self, with the anti-glob­al­ists and anti-left­ists us­ing smoke­screens to slip dis­creetly into cor­rup­tion them­selves.

The only long-term so­lu­tion is true free­dom: from govern­ment, from sys­temic cor­rup­tion, and even from those who think dif­fer­ently. It’s only through the abil­ity to ex­er­cise true di­ver­sity of deeds and thought that we can ever hope to evolve, in­no­vate and reach out to help oth­ers as a re­sult of help­ing our­selves.

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