Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Strange Bed Fellows

Kevin over at the The Liberty Papers (a political / philosophical group-blog to which I contribute) has posted an eye-opening look at what he calls: libertarians for tyranny. It’s a must read…and not just for libertarians!

Kevin’s piece concludes with a link to a Tom Palmer article, from which the following comes:
I do not favor using coercion to forbid people with reprehensible views from publishing them. It’s not censorship to refuse to be associated with those views or to criticize them. I think that KKK members should not be legally forbidden to express their evil views, but that doesn’t mean that I’m obligated to let them come into my home to express them or to lend them a megaphone. The same is true of a doddering old crank like Gary North. It’s not censorship to refuse to be associated with him, but it is — at the very least — astonishingly bad judgment and a sign of a lack of moral sense for anyone to associate with him or to list him as a columnist.
That, dear readers, is an excellent elucidation of the distinction between tolerance and acceptance. To quote Judge Reinhold’s character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High: “learn it, know it, live it”.