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Progressive Betrayals of Civil Liberties - Open Knowledge

Jul. 30th, 2012

11:01 am - Progressive Betrayals of Civil Liberties

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Originally published at craschworks. You can comment here or there.

Via the Independent Institute:

While the most consistent left-liberal voices for civil liberties, among them the ACLU, have defended Chick-fil-A’s right to open a business regardless of the proprietor’s political views, there has been far too much silence or even enthusiasm toward these threats of political coercion, which carry potentially totalitarian implications. A government that can prohibit people from engaging in peaceful commerce based on traditional cultural and conservative political values is as big a threat to civil liberties as anything the left imagines a conservative Big Brother poses. Most strikingly, left-liberals often, with a lot of justification, decry the Red Scares in American history—the private and public ostracism and at times oppression that befell communists, communist sympathizers, or anyone deemed too far radically left in America. Communism posed a real threat to world peace and liberty, and its political leaders collectively murdered close to a hundred million people in the 20th century. If Americans should have a right to pursue work despite their sympathies for such a violent ideology, surely Chick-fil-A shouldn’t be blacklisted simply for holding traditional views on marriage.


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Date:July 30th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly (although their repeated use of "traditional" reads a bit dogwhistly to me). If everything I find appalling suddenly disappeared from the radar, I'd be terrified.
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