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home : opinion : columnists November 24, 2015

1/16/2013 4:19:00 PM
Dear Editor,

"The usual terminology of political language is stupid. What is 'left' and what is 'right'? Why should Hitler be 'right' and Stalin, his temporary friend, be 'left'? Who is reactionary and who is progressive? Reaction against an unwise policy is not to be condemned. And progress towards chaos is not to be commended. "Nothing should find acceptance just because it is new, radical, and fashionable," Ludwig von Mises - 1940.

"In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free." Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

It seems like progressives can be conservative. In England the conservative position was once "decrease the surplus population". In the US progressives supported slavery.

What is progressive today is regressive tomorrow. Taxes are regressive they discourage people and companies from investing and creating new business. Progressive is socialistic, take from those that are successful and give to those that are unproductive. Are the progressive governments in Europe worth emulating? The progressive US will be the next Greece or Spain.

What is progressive? Is $17 trillion in debt progressive? Is creating larger more cumbersome and inefficient wasteful bureaucracies anywhere progressive? Is a healthcare system that mimics the ineffective healthcare systems in socialist Europe progressive? Is making marriage and families a mockery by including homosexuals progressive? Is killing babies progressive?

Maybe there is no progressive or conservative. Maybe there are just good ideas and bad ideas. Uncontrolled spending is a bad idea. Killing babes for any reason is a bad idea. Telling people how they must live their life is a bad idea. Preventing people from obtaining a job because they are not union members is a bad idea. - pass the olives please.

Bob Rankin


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