Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, July 01, 2002

A good upbringing:

I suppose I had a deprived childhood. My mum and dad told me I should respect the law, be fair and just to others, work hard and be responsible. And not speak about things I really didn't understand. Which brings me to the people protesting globalization every time there is a summit.

Can lead to good common sense:

A worker who has lost his job because of an unscrupulous corporation has a right to be angry. A parent who sees his asthmatic child in pain because of pollution has a right to complain. A farmer who has lost his livelihood has a right to be incensed.

But I wonder if the protests are really about this. Logos, fashion, crass individualism, anti-Americanism, neurotic loathing of everything and anything, trendy anarchism, peer group identity, protest-style fetish.

I generalize. But no more than do those who detect the glow of saintliness around every student with a mask and a copy of Chomsky. I protest every day against injustice and cruelty. Don't always make a lot of noise or make the headlines, but I often get things done.

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