A good one! It was a pleasure to listen to a sane voice and a brave person.This week, on MindMatters:
MindMatters: Is Liberalism the New Totalitarianism? A Conversation with Ryszard Legutko
Long ago, in his "Twilight of the Idols" Nietzsche wrote:
“The liberal institutions cease to be liberal as soon as they are attained: later on, there are no worse and no more thorough injurers of freedom than liberal institutions. One knows, indeed, what their ways bring: they undermine the will to power; they level mountain and valley, and call that morality; they make men small, cowardly, and hedonistic - every time it is the herd animal that triumphs with them. Liberalism: in other words, herd-animalization.”
As for the whole 'equality' absurd, it also brings to mind a short story titled "Harrison Bergeron" written by Kurt Vonnegut (how did he know?!):
Also published in 1961 was Vonnegut's short story, "Harrison Bergeron", set in a dystopic future where all are equal, even if that means disfiguring beautiful people and forcing the strong or intelligent to wear devices that negate their advantages. Fourteen-year-old Harrison is a genius and athlete forced to wear record-level "handicaps" and imprisoned for attempting to overthrow the government.
We are heading there, one way or another unless the tide changes. It's about 15 minutes long reading. There are several audiobook videos on YT, Jordan Peterson's reading included. Well worth the time! Here is one:
There is also a pretty good movie "Harrison Bergeron", 1995, based on the short story (expanding and changing it a bit), directed by Bruce Pittman, and a short (literal) adaptation called "2081" by Chandler Tuttle. Watched both on YT and liked both.