The Downside of Liberty

New York

In the New York Times:

“THIS spring I was on a panel at the Woodstock Writers Festival. An audience member asked a question: Why had the revolution dreamed up in the late 1960s mostly been won on the social and cultural fronts — women’s rights, gay rights, black president, ecology, sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — but lost in the economic realm, with old-school free-market ideas gaining traction all the time? …

“Do your own thing” is not so different than “every man for himself.” If it feels good, do it, whether that means smoking weed and watching porn and never wearing a necktie, retiring at 50 with a six-figure public pension and refusing modest gun regulation, or moving your factories overseas and letting commercial banks become financial speculators. The self-absorbed “Me” Decade, having expanded during the ’80s and ’90s from personal life to encompass the political economy, will soon be the “Me” Half-Century.”

7 Comments

  1. What started as “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” is now “Narcissism, Negro-worship, and Sodomy”.

  2. “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” was the frogs mantra; the American Revolution was about liberty and equality wasn’t in the us constitution until the damnyankees gave us the 14 amendment

  3. I wonder how liberty, equality, fraternity is playing out for the French today, since they are about half Northern African Muslim. As Jean Rapail said, “The fatherland betrayed by the Republic”.
    Liberty, equality, fraternity might have been a noble concept for the French people, but applied in a mulitcultural/multiracial environment of course, it’s national suicide.

  4. It might of been the “frog’s mantra” but both revolutions came from the same Enlightenment liberalism.

  5. expect for didn’t include equality and fraternity in the mantra and didn’t end in the reign of terror or the manic napoleon

    seems like those extra two words mean a big difference in practice

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