"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history." -Cardinal Francis George

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Thomas Storck on censorship

"It never hurts to order our thoughts correctly, even if we cannot just now put them into practice."

One area where I believe many Christians cave to the culture around us is in our view of what freedom is. We often are too ready to allow evil a place at the table so that we might not lose our seat. But I believe this accommodating attitude is in itself evil. Whether they are evil actions or words, they affect us all, and therefore government has a duty to stop them.

And the problem with that is what? I wish it was 100% And so do you.

In his 1996 article titled "A Case for Censorship", Thomas Storck makes a convincing case for government censorship. And as the above quote implies, of course this seems to be an out of place discussion in our libertine society that is so eyerollingly "beyond" censorship. We are so proud of the fact that we would never dare allow our government to censor anything (Which of course is bunk. We all approve of censorship already in many ways). But censorship is necessary to a properly ordered society.
Stork makes great points about how the degenerate rich (think Marquis De Sade) take advantage of the poor and working classes through their influence, which destroys society. It is governments job to promote the common good and not allow this abuse of power.
My first thought was to apply this to Wal-Mart. For instance, I think it would be an excellent use of government to ban television ads by Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart destroys communities for money. So government should destroy Wal-Mart to protect communities.
Government should also imprison all executives of credit card companies and confiscate every nickel of their "profits" which are gained through usury.
If only we had a hero with the will to do this.
If only we had a government that would protect us instead of killing us through abortion and objectifying us through an economic system that encourages us to be consumer/slaves.
In the name of freedom evil is allowed to reign.
We are like the do-nothing galactic senate in Star Wars who is frozen in bureaucracy and cannot act even to do something blatantly good and in the interest of all.

Instead of freedom to serve God and do good, our culture sees freedom as the freedom from responsibility and the "freedom" to do evil. In an Orwellian way we have reversed the meaning of  the word 180°.


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