On Freedom

Recently, I found this quote by the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin, from his book What is to Be Done?

“Freedom” is a grand word, but under the banner of free trade the most predatory wars were conducted; under the banner of free labor, the toilers were robbed. The modern use of the term “freedom of criticism” contains the same inherent falsehood. Those who are really convinced that they have advanced science would demand, not freedom for the new views to continue side by side with the old, but the substitution of the new views for the old. The cry “Long live freedom of criticism,” that is heard today, too strongly calls to mind the fable of the empty barrel.

I don’t necessarily agree with Lenin, but I think he raises some good points. A “free” society seems to favor the loudest, strongest and most competitive, and other people can be vulnerable or ignored. Twitter and other online forums are a good example. It can create a “Darwinian” culture.

Again, I don’t entirely agree, but I see what he’s getting at. Not much has changed in 100 years, just the technology has improved. đŸ˜›


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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