January 7, 2013
IN A 2008 discussion at VFR, the commenter Thucydides wrote:
Why is the idea of armed self defense so repugnant to liberals? It crosses their core assumptions in several ways.
First, the need for it suggests that human evil is a normal, expectable state of affairs, not something aberrant that is produced by some imperfection in collective social arrangements. The core liberal assumption is the sentimental faith that humans are essentially good and reasonable; violence is explained away as the regrettable result of anger proceeding from some form of injustice, real or imagined. The problem then is not the violence, and not human nature, but some social condition. (Small comfort to the victims!) Read More »