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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The roots of liberalism and the culture of death

By Aussiegirl

Tim Birdnow, writing in
The American Thinker explores the roots of the current culture of death espoused by the modern liberals and democrats. He starts with the Aldous Huxley novel, "Brave New World", which describes a future utopian society in which the inhabitants are brainwashed into viewing death as a necessary and even beautiful thing. He goes on to analyze and to give us his answer to Peggy Noonan's question of - what makes these people so half in love with death.

Read a short excerpt:

Liberalism was born out of the Renaissance, which was a rediscovery of our Greek and Latin heritage. The Renaissance era saw a revival in interest in all things Greek and Roman; in art, literature, history, science, mathematics, and other branches of classical learning.
The Greeks and Romans had, for all their virtues, a far weaker respect for human life than their Christian successors. In fact, the Greeks and Romans saw a kind of nobility in death - especially a death for a higher cause. Liberalism has always had a fascination with the Classical period. The vision of Socrates ingesting hemlock for the good of the polis has a romantic appeal to the average liberal, and the word ?hemlock? has been used by various groups advocating euthanasia and ?death with dignity.? A ?good death? (which is what the word euthanasia means) done nobly and well is far preferable to a slow, wasting process."


At 11:38 PM, Blogger Michael Morrison said...

God gave us pencils with erasers because He knew we'd make mistakes; and He followed that up with "edit" buttons on our blogspots.
Uh, Aldous Huxley wrote "Brave New World," and George Orwell wrote "1984."
And Ayn Rand beat 'em both with her dystopian novel, "Anthem."
So it turns out, Aussiegirl, you are just human after all.
I'm surprised, but I love you all the more.

At 12:47 AM, Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Oh, dear, dear God -- all this -- and sunsets too!! What more could we ask?

Actually, knowing the exceptionally high caliber of my readers, I was merely testing their perspicacity and wide-ranging knowledge :) I am pleased to see that at least one of my readers has passed the test.

Or -- as Madonna would say -- "Whatever".

(Thanks for the heads up -- that's what you get for trying to remember things without cutting and pasting, I actually had the right author -- but the wrong novel.)

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Michael Morrison said...

Um, sorry, Aus, but where I am we don't have sunsets, either. We do, though, have sunRISES -- that's because we are in the East.
To have sunSETS, one must go west, young lady.
So, to have sunsets (but no sunrises), I must return home to Arizona, where the sun does set, and its fiery redness has baked into and colored the sandstone cliffs.
To be honest, even if there were sunsets here, Tennessee, we'd never see them because of constant cloud cover.
Another good reason to go west, young lady, and see the clear, blue sky.


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