Mailvox: wolves in shepherd’s clothing

Glick7 fails to follow through:

I think I understand Vox’s core message just fine, thank you. My message is that he was not syndicated because the broad audience perceived a message of contempt and anti-Americanism from an elitist – whether Vox intended this or not.

The only problem is that your message is hopelessly wrong. Do you really believe that the column was repeatedly and uniformly rejected by one of the most left-liberal, anti-American elitist groups in the country – op/ed page editors in major metropolitan centers – because it was too elitist and anti-American? I don’t know if the Canadian public schools are as bad as their American counterparts, but it’s pretty clear that they don’t teach logic.

Here’s a basic lesson. Before you share your thoughts with the public, say them out loud and see if the basic assumption on which your argument depends makes any sense at all. I further note that the theme of inefficient communication is asserted by every unpopular philosophy in the country, however, rhetoric aside, there is absolutely no reason to believe that a majority of humans anywhere have a strong tendency to favor liberty over the promises of security. Only 400,000 people voted Libertarian this November; if there’s truly a wave of libertarian sentiment in this country it would appear that the tide is on the way out.

I don’t expect to change the nation. Nor am I anti-American, I am instead a mourner at its graveside. Still, I have been very successful in convincing many individuals of the truth of my central libertarian theme, thus enabling them to take whatever steps they deem appropriate in pursuing liberty. That theme is this: Don’t believe the words of those who promise you safety in exchange for power over you. A wolf in shepherd’s clothes is still a wolf, and eventually it will devour the sheep foolish enough to turn to it for protection.

Unsurprisingly, there is more money to be made in softly soothing words. Just ask Maggie Gallagher and Armstrong Williams. Trust the shepherds and all will be well… trust the shepherds, they love and protect you… trust the shepherds, no, silly boy, those aren’t sharp teeth, it’s just a trick of the light. They are smiling tenderly over you as they keep watch in the deep of the night.