Freedom News Digest: May 23, 2022

…[W]hen society is itself the tyrant—society collectively over the separate individuals who compose it—its means of tyrannizing are not restricted to the acts which it may do by the hands of its political functionaries. Society can and does execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with which it ought not to meddle, it practices a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since, though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much more deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself. Protection, therefore, against the tyranny of the magistrate is not enough: There needs protection also against the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling; against the tendency of society to impose, by other means than civil penalties, its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct on those who dissent from them; to fetter the development, and, if possible, prevent the formation, of any individuality not in harmony with its ways, and compel all characters to fashion themselves upon the model of its own period. There is a limit to the legitimate interference of collective opinion with individual independence: and to find that limit, and maintain it against encroachment, is as indispensable to a good condition of human affairs, as protection against political despotism.
— Jacob Sullum, On Liberty [1859]
May 23, 2022
“Patriotic” Church Ministers
Pope Francis is taking the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church to task for supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Francis told Patriarch Kirill not to be “Putin’s altar boy.” Licensed under Creative Commons. If only that same message had been received and understood by Catholic priests here in the United States …
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Conservatism, Libertarianism, and John Stuart Mill
Laurence M. Vance
The Future of Freedom Foundation
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Ron Paul Institute
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by Glenn Greenwald with
Laura Ingraham
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Scorpions’ Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate
by Jefferson Morley
Publishers Weekly
TGIF: True Liberals Are Not Conservatives
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The Appalling Treatment of a Prisoner at Guantánamo
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Biden Ramping Up Unconstitutional War in Somalia Again
by Mike Maharrey
Tenth Amendment Center
No More NATO Expansion
by Daniel Larison
ICE Probably Spied on You
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The Future of Freedom Foundation
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by John W. Whitehead
The Future of Freedom Foundation
The Ninth Circuit Upholds the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
by Scott McPherson
Future of Freedom
In the Beginning: The Mont Pelerin Society, 1947
by Richard M. Ebeling
Seventy-five years ago, there occurred an important event in the post–World War II revival of free-market liberal ideas. Over the first ten days of …
You’ve Been Flagged as a Threat
by John W. Whitehead
You’ve been flagged as a threat. Before long, every household in America will be similarly flagged and assigned a threat score….
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