Friday, July 10, 2009

Liberty Quote Of The Day: C.S. Lewis

While most famous for his The Chronicles of Narnia series, C.S. Lewis was a brilliant Oxford professor, writer and philosopher as well as a prominent Christian. The following quote which presages the concept of the Nanny State and the Obama Doctrine comes from Lewis's work God in the Dock.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may 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. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. Their very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals."
- C.S. Lewis