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C. S. Lewis on “benevolent” tyranny

This quote is from God in the Dock by C .S. Lewis. It came to my attention from a blog post at the John Locke Foundation.

It forewarns well the risk currently facing our great nation.

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.

– C. S. Lewis

The quote above, and this one from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, are evidence that “dead white guys” still have powerful voices. With clear understanding of the human condition, they are frighteningly relevant to America today. Unlike the supporting witnesses for our adversaries — those who would take our liberty — their experience isn’t limited to the ivory tower; there is no “assume a can opener” aspect to their thought. Both of these men speak of human inflicted indignities they witnessed and/or suffered, not so long ago.

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