Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Case by case" negatives

And for lagniappe, here's a card I remember from a zillion years ago that should help with the "use it or lose it" argument:
Sylvester Petro, professor of law at Wake Forest, Spring 1974, Toledo Law Review, p. 480
"It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once." Thus, it is unacceptable to say that the invasion of one aspect of freedom is of no import because there have been invasions of so many other aspects. That road leads to chaos, tyranny, despotism, and the end of all human aspiration., if one believes in freedom as a supreme value and proper ordering principle for any society aiming to maximize spiritual and material welfare, then every invasion of freedom must be emphatically identified and resisted with undying spirit.