Visit ArabTopics.com

Have We Already Slid Into A Tyranny of Good Intentions?

This is an older editorial from 2010- The title is the question: Are we sliding into a tyranny of good intentions?

While reading this piece, I realized we're already in that tyranny. 
We slid right into it with nary a bump impeding our ride. 
The saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” comes to mind. 
Our society, today, is that hell. It's absurd to the nth degree. The enforced political correctness, for some, so obvious in it's hypocrisy. Cognitive dissonance is rampant. Drug use and deaths from big pharma are rampant- Society is sick. People are sick and unhealthy. In their minds and bodies. Pushing memes that are destructive to our humanity.... I could go on. But, will spare you all- Just read below:

"Nearly 50 years ago, Kenneth Minogue, a professor of political science at the London School of Economics, published The Liberal Mind, his classic study of the dominant philosophy of the 20th century: radical niceness. Rooted in extreme liberal optimism and salvationist aspiration, this triumphant ideology (Prof. Minogue said) tenaciously advanced the notion that history requires the perfection of human society, that governments - in pursuit of this perfection - are obliged "to provide every man, woman, child and dog with the conditions of the good life." Prof. Minogue ended with a warning: "A populace which hands its moral order over to governments, no matter how impeccable its reasons, will become dependent and slavish."
Now professor emeritus at LSE, the 80-year-old has published a remarkable sequel - The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life. He picks up where he left off, documenting the ways in which democracy (which once expanded freedom) requires strict obedience to the state - and to the bureaucratic moral order that sustains it.

An elegant essayist of the old school, Prof. Minogue advances his argument by small steps that can end abruptly in crisp revelation.

"I am of two minds about democracy," he writes, "and so is everyone else. We all agree that it is the sovereign remedy for corruption, war and poverty in the Third World. We would certainly tolerate no other system in our own country. Yet most people are disenchanted with the way it works. One reason is that our rulers now manage so much of our lives that they cannot help but do it badly. They have overreached. Blunder follows blunder."

Far worse, traditional democratic theory has been flipped upside down: "Our rulers now make us accountable to them."

Count the ways.

"Most Western governments hate me smoking, or eating the wrong kind of food, or hunting foxes or drinking too much. Most of these governments think we borrow too much money for our personal pleasures and many of us are very bad parents. Ministers of state have been known to instruct us in elementary matters, such as the importance of reading bedtime stories to our children.

"Many of us have unsound views about people of other races, cultures or religions, and the distribution of our friends does not always correspond to the cultural diversity of our society. We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.

"Debt, intemperance and incompetence in rearing our children are no doubt regrettable - but they are vices, and - left alone - they will soon lead to the pain that corrects. Life is a better teacher of virtue than politicians and most sensible governments in the past have left moral faults to the churches.
"The point is that governments have no business telling us how to live. They are tiresome enough in the exercise of authority. They are intolerable when they mount the pulpit. Nor should we be in any doubt that nationalizing the moral life of the people is the first step toward totalitarianism."

Actions are no longer morally wrong. The state determines what is "acceptable" and what is "unacceptable" - thereby constructing a new "language of authority" that enforces political morality even as it rescinds everyday moral inhibitions. People are encouraged to be "collectively dutiful and individually hedonistic."

Prof. Minogue writes from Britain, where the Labour government (2007) began seizing "unacceptable" families and holding them, without consent for extended periods of behaviour-modification training by cadres of civil servants from eight government departments. These families had a record of drug addiction, child violence and poor mental attitudes. Where, he asks, will this cleansing end? Gordon Brown, speaking this past spring before he lost power, announced his four-year target for these statist interventions: 50,000 families by 2015.

Writing last year in the Daily Mail, Prof. Minogue held the government itself responsible for much of the conduct that it now deems "unacceptable." Never in its history, he said, had Britain funded so much official compassion. Never in its history had Britain endured so much inexplicable violence. The country once renowned for its great gentleness was sliding inexorably into a tyranny of good intentions"

 Canada very obviously followed along with the British tyranny of good intentions

Source: 
Penny for your thoughts

Dear friends of this aggregator

  • Yes, I intentionally removed Newsbud from the aggregator on Mar 22.
  • Newsbud did not block the aggregator, although their editor blocked me on twitter after a comment I made to her
  • As far as I know, the only site that blocks this aggregator is Global Research. I have no idea why!!
  • Please stop recommending Newsbud and Global Research to be added to the aggregator.

Support this site

News Sources

Source Items
Grayzone Project 11
Pass Blue 56
Dilyana Gaytandzhieva 14
John Pilger 410
The Real News 367
Scrutinised Minds 27
Need To Know News 1681
FEE 3241
Marine Le Pen 231
Francois Asselineau 25
Opassande 53
HAX on 5July 220
Henrik Alexandersson 543
Mohamed Omar 242
Professors Blog 10
Arg Blatte Talar 37
Angry Foreigner 17
Fritte Fritzson 11
Teologiska rummet 32
Filosofiska rummet 71
Vetenskapsradion Historia 117
Snedtänkt (Kalle Lind) 177
Les Crises 1881
Richard Falk 115
Ian Sinclair 79
SpinWatch 50
Counter Currents 6318
Kafila 356
Gail Malone 33
Transnational Foundation 221
Rick Falkvinge 93
The Duran 6551
Vanessa Beeley 93
Nina Kouprianova 9
MintPress 4811
Paul Craig Roberts 1155
News Junkie Post 44
Nomi Prins 24
Kurt Nimmo 191
Strategic Culture 3465
Sir Ken Robinson 16
Stephan Kinsella 66
Liberty Blitzkrieg 795
Sami Bedouin 61
Consortium News 2152
21 Century Wire 2910
Burning Blogger 280
Stephen Gowans 67
David D. Friedman 128
Anarchist Standard 16
The BRICS Post 1465
Tom Dispatch 409
Levant Report 17
The Saker 3431
The Barnes Review 472
John Friend 366
Psyche Truth 146
Jonathan Cook 135
New Eastern Outlook 3108
School Sucks Project 1736
Giza Death Star 1564
Andrew Gavin Marshall 15
Red Ice Radio 567
GMWatch 1801
Robert Faurisson 148
Espionage History Archive 34
Jay's Analysis 743
Le 4ème singe 87
Jacob Cohen 197
Agora Vox 10772
Cercle Des Volontaires 417
Panamza 1646
Fairewinds 103
Project Censored 720
Spy Culture 368
Conspiracy Archive 66
Crystal Clark 11
Timothy Kelly 489
PINAC 1482
The Conscious Resistance 546
Independent Science News 66
The Anti Media 5573
Positive News 820
Brandon Martinez 30
Steven Chovanec 61
Lionel 259
The Mind renewed 211
Natural Society 2467
Yanis Varoufakis 814
Tragedy & Hope 122
Dr. Tim Ball 65
Web of Debt 125
Porkins Policy Review 347
Conspiracy Watch 174
Eva Bartlett 563
Libyan War Truth 280
DeadLine Live 1905
Kevin Ryan 61
BSNEWS 1964
Aaron Franz 186
Traces of Reality 166
Revelations Radio News 121
Dr. Bruce Levine 111
Peter B Collins 1337
Faux Capitalism 205
Dissident Voice 9546
Climate Audit 220
Donna Laframboise 355
Judith Curry 1052
Geneva Business Insider 40
Media Monarchy 1991
Syria Report 70
Human Rights Investigation 90
Intifada (Voice of Palestine) 1685
Down With Tyranny 10118
Laura Wells Solutions 27
Video Rebel's Blog 411
Revisionist Review 485
Aletho News 17843
ضد العولمة 27
Penny for your thoughts 2657
Northerntruthseeker 2043
كساريات 37
Color Revolutions and Geopolitics 27
Stop Nato 4616
AntiWar.com Blog 2688
AntiWar.com Original Content 6112
Corbett Report 2087
Stop Imperialism 491
Land Destroyer 1106
Webster Tarpley Website 940

Compiled Feeds

Public Lists

Title Visibility
Funny Public