It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.
To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the law abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless.
Simple and easy are opposites.
I may not have the quote exactly right, but that was the general idea.
Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.
I’m not scared of the Maos and the Stalins and the Hitlers. I’m scared of the thousands or millions of people that hallucinate them to be the “authority” and so do their bidding, and build their empires, and carry out their orders. I don’t care if there’s one looney with a stupid mustache. He’s not a threat if the people do not believe in “authority.”
Nearly every war has started in the last fifty years has been a result of media lies. The media could have stopped it if they had searched deep enough, if they hadn’t reprinted government propaganda they could have stopped it.
The universe is neutral; it simply is; it is indifferent to you. You must care about, and adapt to it, not the other way around. But reality is ‘benevolent’ in the sense that if you do adapt to it – i.e., if you do think, value, and act rationally, then you can (and barring accidents you will) achieve your values. You will, because those values are based in reality.
There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.
I’ve got better things to do tonight than die.
From here: https://youtu.be/4XZF2t8_h7A?t=90
Which is 35 years old this week.
What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.