I would assert that a free and open society is one based upon certain principles of freedom, as contained in the American Bill of Rights and that a democratic process will inevitably destroy such a concept. Essentially, such freedom, is the freedom to achieve and an economic structure of free enterprise capitalism is inherently entwined in this concept of freedom. Perhaps, the best observation of the value of democracy is this quote. “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” Benjamin Franklin
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Chef---Well said. I would disagree on your 'two wolves', as this is where integrity would enter. Also the value of inalienable rights, exempt from the mob, so far.
Excellent. Your thinking as to where our current aberration of the Constitution will take us?
connerj---Thank you for your thoughts on this. Political correctness is no less than a political mandate attempting to socially engineer a society. George Orwell describes it as, Newspeak.
Thank you, C.J. forgive me for reading 1984 during my formation to seriousness. Although I did indeed read Orwell my capacity for comprehension back in my "dark age" or Teen (e) mind period was less than limited. I must re-associate with "Newspeak"
connerj--It is a nightmarish book. A reading of the life of Orwell would be good.
Indeed, not only is your advice warranted it appears to be significantly well-founded to consider the inception of a hyphen between well and founded.
Beautiful, connerj. Orwellian Newspeak, indeed, CJ. We see this in the News with US war as "peacekeeping" action and the marginalization of "conspiracies" as something weird. Conspirators love the fact that mainstream isn't looking at them.