The worst thing about freedom is other people having it. Most people aren’t sufficiently reflective to understand who they actually have in mind when offering another treacly tribute to liberty. Because every man is easy to convince of his own virtue, most freedom fighters will assert a principled universalism in their advocacy. I want more freedom for everyone.
When men sermonize for this, they almost invariably have themselves or those they sympathize with in mind as its beneficiaries. It’s a rare doctrinaire who urges more freedom for those they despise. Thus whether through cunning or just a lack of self-awareness, championing freedom is a common veil for expanding mine at the expense of yours.
Because liberty is just a socially acceptable range-of-movement. Consider it our sphere of latitude. Make everyone’s expansive enough and the aggressive will remorselessly encroach on the weak. Ultimately, total freedom is the freedom of families to hide in their basement from warlords.
One slightly milder version of that phenomenon is found in the current Muslim colonization of Europe. This being a process aided immensely by pleas for religious and migratory freedom. Both of which are followed immediately by freedom curtailments everywhere that falls under Islam’s shadow. So do muslims actually want more religious freedom, or more freedom to dominate non-muslims? The signs are right there.
It is nature’s design that everyone wants to be able to do what they want; and for you to be able to do what they want also. Thus there are few colder fists than the one holding a banner of freedom for his own particular cause. That’s why I tend to take appeals premised on sacred liberty with a grain of salt. Particularly when those appeals gurgle up from the cancerous thorax of The Thing.
Hungary set to turn screws on Soros-backed NGOs
Last week the deputy head of Orban’s ruling party Fidesz, in power since 2010, said that non-governmental organisations should be “cleaned out of here”.
Szilard Nemeth said that criticism of government policies by “fake” civil organisations set up to “influence politics” by Soros and others was “impermissible”.
It’s just terrible really. Orban hates freedom.
“This is a new level of NGO-bashing,” said Marta Pardavi, co-head of the Hungarian branch of the Helsinki Committee, a human rights group that provides free advice to asylum-seekers.
She freely admits that her organisation relies on foreign funding to continue operating. But “otherwise it’s not possible to do human rights advocacy work in Hungary,” she says.
The OSF meanwhile has no plans to quit Hungary, its president Christopher Stone said.
“We are not the opposition, neither in Hungary, nor elsewhere. We are promoters of open debate,” he said in a statement emailed to AFP.
Promoters of open debate, yes. Perhaps it was last week when Soros was overheard instructing his minions to funnel millions into opening European debate to the voices of its dissident right. Or that might have just been negotiations over riot-pricing with his antifa drones.
Though the more important question is how much freedom can a civilization withstand before it is no longer civilization at all? Like probably most people reading here, I don’t care to live in an East Germany–or any other oppressive leftist-derived society. I view freedom as a precious thing. So much in fact as to not want it lavished carelessly on my enemies. The Open Society Foundation has one sole function in Hungary: to relieve that country of its Hungarians.
If those Hungarians truly appreciate their freedoms, they’ll keep them locked far away from George Soros.