As someone whose only problem with the Tea Partys is that they’re a little bit too socialist, you don’t need an opinion on this latest judgement. Just wanted to highlight this Judge Brandeis quote from the Richman piece:
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
If that reminds you of a C.S. Lewis dictum, you’re not alone. But Brandeis, at least, may not have realized that would-be rulers cannot remain “well-meaning but without understanding”.
Er…obviously, they can remain “without understanding”. Just look around. But that very same glance should confirm that what tyrants can’t do is remain “well-meaning”. Our crushing debt, England and Europe’s riots, all these symptoms of the terminal stages of the statist philosophy abound.
Are the “progressives” re-examining their approach, beginning with first principles? They are not. They shriek, lie, and fling filth at their opponents. And that’s all they have left.
So much for “well-meaning”.