Monday, February 20, 2006

Liberty

"We in the West should distribute copies of Milton's 'Areopagitica,' and explain why the best reply to a bad idea is a better idea, not mindless violence. We should declare freedom, if it is to have any meaning, is freedom for the thought one hates, and that a crime is still a crime even and especially if committed in the name of the holy. Freedom will always be a kind of island in the world, expanding or shrinking depending on whether those who say they believe in it are willing to defend it. What, defend the most basic of our values in clear, unambiguous words and deeds? Unthinkable. We must be, uh, nuanced lest we offend the forces of violence and oppression around the world. And so the West declines." —Paul Greenberg

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