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pascagoulapappy Wrote: Jul 09, 2012 11:58 PM
For the likes of SMyles and Nawlins 72: The underlying philosophical point of the column is that vrtue, rather than liberty per se, is the defining characteristic of the good life and that true liberty is only possible in a context of personal and societal discipline. Liberty is not the same as license, and civilization hinges on the public, as well as the private, exercise of what Burke called the moral imagination, which informs ordered liberty in the context of civil society.
nawlins72 Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 12:14 AM
pascagoula, the problem with this view is that you and Adams never state how "virtue" is enacted as a political policy. In my view, one must have the liberty to choose virtue or vice to actually be a virtuous person. Coerced virtue is not virtue. If I hold a gun to your head and make you give money to a homeless person, your act cannot be considered virtuous. So, are you for virtue at the end of a gun or from individual choice?
SMyles Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 12:03 AM
Finally. Thanks pas! I appreciate that. That being said, I wholeheartedly disagree with that view. Boiled down, It just takes us back to my god is better than yours.

Well, it looks like the libertarians are mad at me again. Several of my libertarian readers have written to complain that my recent columns have been switching back and forth between making fun of homosexual rights activists and abortion rights activists. That must really make them angry because so many libertarians are homosexuals who need to have abortions. At any rate, I think I have identified the source of the problem and a possible solution.

What my libertarian readers fail to understand is that I simply write about the insanity that surrounds me here at the University of North Carolina at...