Political correctness is the enemy of freedom because it rejects honesty and authenticity. We have to tackle it as the distortion of the truth. – Mario Vargas Llosa

EL PAÍS Seminal has an excellent interview with author Mario Vargas Llosa discussing liberal thought and threats to its existence.  Vargas Llosa has evolved from a young communist to a classical liberal influenced by Hayak, Popper and Adam Smith. Note: This interview has been translated into English.



Apparently, anything China asks.  Paul Mozur of the New York Times has a chilling piece about how China controls content beyond the boundaries of their country.  I expect a totalitarian regime to spy on users and censor online content.  But Google and Facebook shouldn’t be helping them.  Read China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe.


In progressive states across the nation, lawmakers have been neutering themselves.  Illicit drugs are legalized – marijuana, of course.  But Oregon and California have both downgraded possession and use of small quantities of other drugs such as cocaine, heroin and even meth to a misdemeanor charge.  Panhandling, loitering, public nuisance, disorderly conduct and littering laws are routinely ignored in order to “support” the homeless.  Federal immigration laws are countered by the “sanctuary movement” seen in municipalities and even states.  Colleges and other public institutions regularly shut down the fundamental freedoms of free speech and assembly.

However, is this merely a shift in values, a change in how we judge our social behavior?  Or are there real consequences to this acceptance of lawlessness?

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To overcome the perils of the present and to achieve the promise of the future, we must begin with the wisdom of the past. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity, and peace for themselves and for the world.

We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.

Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.

Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God.

In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch. This week gives our country a special reason to take pride in that example. We are celebrating the 230th anniversary of our beloved Constitution — the oldest constitution still in use in the world today.

This timeless document has been the foundation of peace, prosperity, and freedom for the Americans and for countless millions around the globe whose own countries have found inspiration in its respect for human nature, human dignity, and the rule of law.

Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 19, 2017

… and counting.



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