“Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It’s not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the “right” to education, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle. There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”
— P.J. O’Rourke


Filed under america, common sense, government, life, philosophy, politics

4 responses to “wisdom

  1. food for thought, and meaty food at that.

  2. There is an old saying that we don’t know what we have until it is gone. It saddens me to conclude that many people today do not value true freedom because they have never known what it was like to not have it. Instead, the concept has been perverted into being able to engage in self-destructive behavior without having to pay the price for it. By that definition, those on welfare feel very free. Free from having to earn a living. Free from having to improve themselves. Free from having to plan for the future.

    Some people are perfectly content to rot in jail because of three hots and a cot, in fact, a few even admit to committing a crime just to get back in to where they are given the essentials of life. Some adults are moving back in with their parents to avoid having to pay their own expenses after wanting so badly to be free when they turned eighteen.

    When dependency becomes so comfortable, many will opt to take it. When enough become dependent, they accumulate the political power to make it even more comfortable.


  3. snowelf

    Oh. this very well may be my favorite thing I’ve read that anyone has said in a long time.

    Hand up, good. Hand out, bad.


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