Little Libertarian Advice
organization that is not explicitly right-wing will become left-wing
John OíSullivan Ė National Review Editor at Large
of National Review will recognize OíSullivanís Law, which
governs the inevitable leftward drift of all but the most rigid
and vigilant organizations. Itís the law of compromise and consensus,
as founding principles are de-emphasized, then abandoned, and eventually
forgotten. Its implications are vast; even our cherished, if misunderstood
"democracy," is socialism in its adolescence. OíSullivanís
Law necessitates and makes urgent NRís supposed mission to
"stand athwart history yelling ĎStop!"
the similar "Carlsonís Law" and its implications for conservatives:
organization that is not explicitly libertarian will voluntarily
and irreversibly surrender its liberties to the State.
really Orwellís Law. Eventually weíll love Big Brother, if not for
gifts conferred, then for threats withdrawn. Years from now, the
"Office of Homeland Security" will likely resemble the
"War on Drugs" in its scope and in the success of its
stated objectives. And "conservatives" Bush, Ashcroft,
and Bennett will broadcast their smiling approval from the safety
of a gated community. Conservatives were once anti-State, the way
Republicans were once anti-tax. How long before they too are viewed
by a cynical public as "paying lip-service" to civil liberties?
worth remembering that there are no temporary measures, no sunset
provisions. All services are essential. With each surrender, by
failing to check its momentum, conservatives aid the force that
will one day smother them.
if you ainít part of the solution, youíre part of the problem.
Carlson (send him mail)
is "between careers" in Chicago.
© 2001 LewRockwell.com