Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Liberty vs. Benevolence

There are too many good quotes in this piece for me to do a decent job of excerpting, so do yourself a favor and read Roger Kimball's essay in toto.

1 comment:

MikeAT said...

Agreed it's got too many excellent points but this one IMHO would have given your readers a good taste of the theme.

Just so with the modern Welfare State: a sterling incarnation of the sort of abstract benevolence Stove anatomizes. It doesn’t matter that the welfare state actually creates more of the poverty and dependence it was instituted to abolish: the intentions behind it are benevolent. Which is one of the reasons it is so seductive. It flatters the vanity of those who espouse it even as it nourishes the egalitarian ambitions that have always been at the center of Enlightened thought. This is why Stove describes benevolence as “the heroin of the Enlightened.” It is intoxicating, addictive, expensive, and ultimately ruinous.

Thank you Darren...definately worth a few minutes for reading.