A Postscript

In recent years, I’ve often seen a quote from C.S. Lewis that you may have seen as well:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

It occurs to me that a Trump-vs.-Clinton election may pose precisely this choice.

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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2 Responses to A Postscript

  1. Andrew Stevens says:

    By the way, that’s a truly great essay called “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment.” If you haven’t read it, I recommend the whole thing. Not quite as good as my personal favorite, “We Have No ‘Right to Happiness,'” but still great.

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