The Price of Freedom`

Ever have one of those days, where you just don’t have anything to say? A pain, aren’t they? I’m having one today, as always there are multitudes of things to write about, none of which appeal to me. It happens, especially when you write every day.

So, what to do. Well, how about this, Gavin Ashenden, the Queen’s former Confessor, wrote the other day about the price of freedom. It’s an excellent article which I agree with completely, and you may have missed. So here it is.

“I have nothing to offer you except ‘blood, toil, sweat and tears’ ” promised Winston Churchill when he stepped in as Prime minster in 1940. Churchill warned that retaining freedom would come at a high and sacrificial price. The people heard, agreed and paid it.

“Brexit would be bad for my diocese because it might temporarily turn Kent into a lorry park” threatened the Archbishop of Canterbury this month. He was urging people to give up their freedom and repudiate Brexit for the sake of convenience. Kent is a beautiful place. It was a very worthy convenience, but still a convenience. […]

What has surprised and shocked me on the other hand are the threats and fears a no deal outcome has had on people. When the Archbishop warned in his grim tones of the danger of his diocese being turned for a while into a lorry park I wanted to reply “but what price are you willing to pay for you and your church’s freedom”?

And there lies the weakness of democracy. At every election politicians bribe the people with the promise of further comforts and advantages if only they will vote for them; but it ought to be the other way round.

At times of election we ought to have politicians asking for our vote on the grounds that they are going to make life more difficult for us. More difficult because to achieve some valuable or noble goal.

It might be redistribution of income; it might be tightening our belts in the face of overspending. They could ask us to forego certain conveniences in order to protect the ecosystem.

And that’s where the weakness of democracy (the least worst system for government we have) lies. It an increasingly comfortable culture votes can only be bought for self-interest instead of won for virtue. […]

Do the ‘young’ know or remember anything of the BSE crisis in 1996, where responding to European demands we killed and incinerated a million healthy cattle, only to find they still refused to lift an export ban on beef? Even the Euro-friendly Government of the day suspected this had turned into a secret attempt to wage economic warfare against a trade competitor rather than putting health issues first.

(See Archbishop Cranmer’s excellent article :-

http://archbishopcranmer.com/brexit-beef-eu-faithful-bse-trusted-liberty/ )

Have they read anything at all of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago where the historical realities of an anti-democratic modern, brutal and murderous Left wing regime was allowed free rein?

Freedom to travel without inconvience is placed the top of their political bucket list, but what are they prepared to pay to retain their democracy and freedom of speech and movement?

There doesn’t seem to be much awareness that freedom comes with a price.

Freedom to vote and to practice democracy and freedom of speech have come at the price of imprisonment in some places and torture and death in others.

It will be a pity of the price of passing our own laws, choosing our own values, guarding our own freedoms come at the slight inconvenience of filling in forms, or paying £10 for a visa to visit another country, but maybe that is one of the choices we face; inconvenience or acccountability?

Do read it all at Freedom costs. Are we willing to pay the cost of being free?

It’s not a question only for the Brits, although Brexit makes it clearer there than elsewhere. It’s a question that all men and women have to answer for themselves. I fear that many Americans, like the Remoaner Brits, have forgotten that, and are willing to sell our glorious heritage for crap, and not much crap at that.

One hopes they wake up before it’s too late.

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12 Responses to The Price of Freedom`

  1. Scoop says:

    Concerning the price for an Objective Good and how much we are willing to sacrifice, I would simply state that yes, the question, echoes throughout the world and within Christianity itself. Are we willing, if the Good is truly as obvious as it is, to give something or ourselves, our time, our money, our inconveniences and even our jobs, security and sometimes our lives to achieve? Christ claimed that his yoke was not hard to bear. It is the same for achieving something for the love of that thing. If the love is greater than the sacrifice then it seems that it no longer seems a burden; the yoke is not a yoke but a way that we embrace for the love of that to be achieved.

    We may not have the ability to do this via purely our human frailty and revulsion for any kind of pain or loss, but grace will supply what we cannot summon up on our own. Another reason why the loss of Christian principles and belief throughout the Western World has made of us (collectively) an effete version of what we were meant to be. If we cannot stand up to the forces or evil, and losing our freedom is certainly that, then what next? Do we simply go wherever a small breath of wind blows us? Are we that weak? Simply dust to be carried wherever the wind may blow us.

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    • NEO says:

      Very well said.

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  2. Nicholas says:

    What grinds me down is that my countrymen are not only giving their own liberty away – they are giving mine away too, for which they have no authority. If the Remainers were a majority that would in no way diminish their status as tyrants and slavers – for such they are. We killed a king for arrogating to himself the rights of the people and Cromwell said that an immoveable Parliament is as obnoxious as an immoveable king.

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    • NEO says:

      “The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

      James Madison in Federalist 47.

      It’s always a problem, and it is also the reason that government must be strictly limited.

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  3. Nicholas says:

    Funnily enough, I was thinking of writing a piece at AATW on the Esau spirit that has consumed the UK. My countrymen have been devoured by demons, it seems – few left who grasp the real issues, few who have not been brainwashed. The others are enemy combatants, enemy prisoners with Stockholm syndrome. It is a war – so far not a military one, but a war nonetheless.

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    • NEO says:

      I agree, and as some of my friends are saying, it is a war between the people and parliament. If parliament wins, all of your institutions will be held in contempt by a large part of the people, and it could easily become an active war. It’s tearing the country apart.

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      • Nicholas says:

        It is truly frightening. I don’t like being paranoid, but I am continually shocked by how many people don’t get it – they have been cast into darkness by our society’s distance from god and our appalling education system. This country is largely in darkness, and so are parts of the Church.

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    • the unit says:

      Maybe they’ll (y’all 🙂 ) take the “no deal”.
      Simple secession. What you going to do about it EU?
      Doubt the Union will raise an army to keep it together like happened here.
      Civil war confined to UK and not “between the states”. 🙂
      P.S. NEO, commenters have days like that too. 🙂

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      • Nicholas says:

        I, for one, always wanted “no deal”. WTO gives us some protections, while generally leaving us free to reduce or eliminate import tariffs, if we want. I’d like to see us start favouring imports from Africa and helping their economies grow via the market (as opposed to state aid and intervention). I’d also like to see our government help arrange some internal crowd funding and public share allocations for start-up businesses to get the UK back into the heavy industry and technology sectors. I see no reason why we can’t start making our own versions of things we get from Europe – there may be IP law for names and certain techniques, but the basic engineering/chemistry for lots of things is hardly a secret.

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        • the unit says:

          IP law. Need to be like mechanical invention law (US). Got to work, prototype shows that, not done (or similar) before, and not patenting an idea anyone might think of.
          I just thought of that, engineered by some organic chemistry between my two brain cells . 🙂
          P.S. I read the other day UK provides 60% of food products for EU countries. EU decides, report said, how much they can produce, who can produce it, and how much can be charged to purchase it.

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        • NEO says:

          That would be good, for Africans and for you. It’s not something we can realistically do, although we import a lot from Central and South America. As to manufacturing, you’ve always been the most innovative in Europe (and often better than us). You don’t need to subsidise, but you do need to get the government out of the way, and you simply can not while in the EU. Even with that the UK is the only growing economy in Europe, Germany is in recession, but the UK is growing.

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      • NEO says:

        Yep, that’s actually pretty close to what WTO leaving is, and why it’s now (and always has been) the best option. When we did it, we fought the greatest empire in the world for 7 years, to make it good. Britain doesn’t have to. And who do you think the US will side with? There’s not even a choice between our friend, and our old enemies, who are also theirs. 🙂

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