The End of the West

November 8th, 2012

No, this is not going to be an Obama won, draw the curtain on liberty kind of post. While it is shocking how many people think free contraception equals some kind of freedom, I happen to think the United States is more resilient than that.

No, today’s example of the decline in Western Liberal tradition comes from a more usual suspect, Britain:

Under-used holiday homes should be compulsorily purchased by councils in areas with an acute shortage of properties, a leading union suggested today.

As others are want to suggest, the real story is in the comments. It’s not that some union leader has no faith in people to own their own homes and do with them as they want, it’s the number of people who agree. Not all, not even most, but that any number of people are quite happy to sign on, to justify this obvious abridgement of property rights .

As Mark Steyn says, “ the lamps are going out on liberty all over the western world in a… subtle and elusive and profound way.” And, it’s worth adding, in more ways than one.

freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy

  1. potato
    November 8th, 2012 at 10:21 | #1

    I think the reason is that so few people understand the ethics of liberty. Classical Liberalism is the only ethical political philosophy.

  2. Brian
    November 8th, 2012 at 18:40 | #2

    Isn’t that basically what the Communists did in the 1917 Russian revolution ?

    Mind you the Communists didn’t pay for the houses , they just took them and shot anyone who objected.

    I wonder how long before these free thinking (er communist) councils will decide it is in the public interest to not pay for the housing?

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