30 December 2010

An Interesting Question

This one posed by Walter Williams:

How many of us would prefer that the Founders had written the First Amendment so as to focus on fairness rather than freedom and instead wrote: Congress shall make no unfair laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the fair exercise thereof; or abridging the fairness of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble in a fair fashion, and to fairly petition the Government for a redress of grievances"?

I, for one, would most definitely prefer this rewording of the first amendment.  While this proposal may seem relatively benign, it is in fact a vehicle for evil.

The reason that “fairness,” as a standard, is so problematic stems from its rather nebulous nature.  No two people will ever completely agree on what constitutes “fair.”  And, as Thomas Sowell detailed in The Vision of the Anointed, when proponents of “fairness” come into power, everyone suffers.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C.S. Lewis

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