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Live Free or Die
Imprimis ^ | April, 2009 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 05/02/2009 10:08:53 AM PDT by Rocky

My book America Alone is often assumed to be about radical Islam, firebreathing imams, the excitable young men jumping up and down in the street doing the old "Death to the Great Satan" dance. It's not. It's about us. It's about a possibly terminal manifestation of an old civilizational temptation: Indolence, as Machiavelli understood, is the greatest enemy of a republic.

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In most of the developed world, the state has gradually annexed all the responsibilities of adulthood—health care, child care, care of the elderly—to the point where it's effectively severed its citizens from humanity's primal instincts, not least the survival instinct.

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And now the last holdout, the United States, is embarking on the same grim path: After the President unveiled his budget, I heard Americans complain, oh, it's another Jimmy Carter, or LBJ's Great Society, or the new New Deal. You should be so lucky. Those nickel-and-dime comparisons barely begin to encompass the wholesale Europeanization that's underway.

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The inertia, the ennui, the fatalism is more pathetic than the demographic decline and fiscal profligacy of the social democratic state, because it's subtler and less tangible. But once in a while it swims into very sharp focus. Here is the writer Oscar van den Boogaard from an interview with the Belgian paper De Standaard. Mr. van den Boogaard, a Dutch gay "humanist" (which is pretty much the trifecta of Eurocool), was reflecting on the accelerating Islamification of the Continent and concluding that the jig was up for the Europe he loved. "I am not a warrior, but who is?" he shrugged. "I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it."

(Excerpt) Read more at hillsdale.edu:80 ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: pages; steyn
In a speech given at Hillsdale College in March, 2009, Mark Steyn discusses five stages to the envervation of a free people:

1. "The benign paternalist state promises to make all those worries about mortgages, debt, and health care disappear."
2. "The state as guarantor of all your basic needs becomes increasingly comfortable with regulating your behavior."
3. "When the populace has agreed to become wards of the state, it's a mere difference of degree to start regulating their thoughts."
4. "Dissenting ideas and even words are labeled as 'hatred.'"
5. "The long-term cost of a welfare society is the infantilization of the population."

He quotes a Belgian humanist: "I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it."

What in indictment. Live free or die.

1 posted on 05/02/2009 10:08:53 AM PDT by Rocky
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To: Rocky

A caged animal has all of its’ needs met. Until it’s captor decides otherwise.


2 posted on 05/02/2009 10:11:04 AM PDT by gundog
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To: Rocky

There’s also a moral aspect to that “indolence.” Of course we don’t call it that. We say we’re too civilized to do the reset that needs to be done. Too ethical to commit civil disobedience. We’re conservatives, we don’t break laws.
They break us.


3 posted on 05/02/2009 10:22:32 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( AR2, Overdue! = American Revolution II...Overdue.)
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To: Rocky

“America Alone” is a VERY good book!


4 posted on 05/02/2009 10:35:18 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: gundog
Until it’s captor decides otherwise.

Or until the captor leaves the door open.

5 posted on 05/02/2009 10:37:55 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Rocky
Too late. Too many did too little for too long.

America -- a great idea, didn't last.

6 posted on 05/02/2009 10:46:07 AM PDT by Clint Williams (Read Roto-Reuters -- we're the spinmeisters | America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: Clint Williams

Some of these comments sound like the very ennui that Mark Steyn rails AGAINST.

?


7 posted on 05/02/2009 11:32:32 AM PDT by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It America Alone:
The End of the World As We Know It

by Mark Steyn
(Paperback)

Kindle Edition
Hardcover
Hardcover
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Audio CD
Audio Download


8 posted on 05/02/2009 12:11:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Rocky

“Live Free or Die”, isn’t that the expression no longer believed by the people of NH?


9 posted on 05/02/2009 12:12:23 PM PDT by Theodore R. (GWB is gone: Now the American sheeple can sleep at night!)
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To: Rocky

It’s a damn shame that so few Freepers have taken the time to read his whole essay and comment.

Steyn is able to take the complex problems of our society and explain their cause and effect with simplicity and clarity.


10 posted on 05/02/2009 12:28:23 PM PDT by wildbill ( The reason you're so jealous is that the voices talk only to me.)
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To: gundog

Rather than caged animals, I think we become more like the circus elephants. When the elephant is small, a rope is used to restrain him. As he gets older, he never realizes that that little rope can no longer hold him. He has accepted his role as a captive, and he performs for his master.


11 posted on 05/02/2009 2:11:24 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: Rocky
Somefolk are fighting!

More here! This guy is good! If you live near him, spend money with him!Casa D ice! 1901 Lincoln Highway North Versailles, PA 15137

12 posted on 05/02/2009 2:19:27 PM PDT by WVKayaker ( God said, 'Cancel Program GENESIS.' The universe ceased to exist.- Arth. C. Clarke's shortest story)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

- US Declaration of Independence


13 posted on 05/02/2009 2:23:59 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: SuziQ
“America Alone” is a VERY good book!

So I've heard. I just ordered a copy.

14 posted on 05/02/2009 2:45:44 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: Clint Williams

Don’t give up. As long as you still have breath, there is hope.


15 posted on 05/02/2009 2:46:59 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: bboop
Some of these comments sound like the very ennui that Mark Steyn rails AGAINST.

While some of us get dejected when we see which way the government is headed, and how little the majority of people seem to care or understand, I don't think that most Freepers have truly succumbed to the indolence that Steyn is talking about. We at least understand that the situation is wrong and needs to be corrected. And I think even one who sounds like he is ready to give up can be stirred to new vigor with the right leadership.

16 posted on 05/02/2009 2:51:27 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: Theodore R.
“Live Free or Die”, isn’t that the expression no longer believed by the people of NH?

Steyn, in his speech, recognizes that New Hampshire is not as free as it once was:

I looked at the rankings in Freedom in the 50 States published by George Mason University last month. New Hampshire came in Number One, the Freest State in the Nation, which all but certainly makes it the freest jurisdiction in the Western world. Which kind of depressed me. Because the Granite State feels less free to me than it did when I moved there, and you always hope there's somewhere else out there just in case things go belly up and you have to hit the road.

17 posted on 05/02/2009 2:57:29 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: wildbill
Steyn is able to take the complex problems of our society and explain their cause and effect with simplicity and clarity.

I wholeheartedly agree. I wish more people would read him.

18 posted on 05/02/2009 2:59:21 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: WVKayaker

He does have some interesting signs. Unfortunately, I don’t live near him.


19 posted on 05/02/2009 3:07:39 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: Rocky

Don’t think I am not dejected, too. And it does seem overwhelming. Faxing him letters and sending jokes around helps some, at a low level. We just can never give up.


20 posted on 05/02/2009 3:59:01 PM PDT by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: bboop

Amen to that! Never give up.


21 posted on 05/02/2009 4:05:42 PM PDT by Rocky (OBAMA: Succeeding where bin Laden failed.)
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To: Glenn
Or until the captor leaves the door open.

Knew a guy with an African Grey Parrot. Had a big padlock on the cage. I asked him why and he said "He's figured everything else out."

22 posted on 05/03/2009 8:58:09 AM PDT by gundog
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