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In Which Words Does Freedom Ring?

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Dangerous Conservative Thinking in Article "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and My Rebuttal

Sometimes I see articles on oped that may be there as thought provoking things to make us realize what we believe. The writer of the following article is not a liberal and does not in my opinion represent the ideals of this site, opednews.

This article is a somewhat well thought out, but not well enough thought out, piece. I must argue with this flawed right wing conservative thinking.

April 6, 2010 at 22:14:06


Jim Quinn

Here are some quotes I hate ...

"For society as a whole, nothing comes as a "right' to which we are "entitled'. Even bare subsistence has to be produced". The only way anyone can have a right to something that has to be produced is to force someone else to produce it" The more things are provided as rights, the less the recipients have to work and the more the providers have to carry the load."

Thomas Sowell

Most of life is a gift. And the biggest job is to share it. There must be a balance between the right to work for self and the duty to share with the whole of mankind. No one is born white, 21, male and privileged. Others had to work so that that person might get there. And if in being there that person does not take care of the those that got him there he is a thief of society. The old the young the feminine and the other races are entitled. White males think they have most of the entitlements to work and its proceeds and it is not so.

"What men value in this world are not rights but privileges. Most people want security in this world, not liberty. It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously."

H.L. Mencken

I can not agree with this conservative thinking. I believe that when materialism triumphs in this world and ideas and ideals are trashed, more than is already the case, this society will fall apart altogether. This article is madness.

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I am a hippy that never dropped out. I have held on to impossible idealism and will not give up. I think the human race is a ticking time bomb and we are at the last tick. So what is the good of slow careful pragmatism that allows time for it all to (more...)
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