Using Bat Soup Virus, Liberals Aren’t Even Trying To Hide Their Anti-Freedom Beliefs

Of course, they want freedom for themselves, just not Other People

Harvard Law Prof: Coronavirus Is an Excuse to Dump Free Speech, Property Rights from Constitution

Harvard Law Professor Adrian Vermeule suggests using the Chinese virus pandemic as an excuse to establish a new interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, implementing policies that do away with concepts such as “free speech ideology” and “property rights.”

Adrian Vermeule, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, recently wrote a piece for the Atlantic in which he argues that traditional interpretations of the U.S. constitution have “now outlived its utility,” and that it is now time for the government to take a more centralized role in people’s lives.

Vermeule argues that “circumstances have now changed” due to the Chinese virus pandemic, and that it is now possible to imagine “moral” constitutionalism, which he says is not “enslaved to the original meaning of the Constitution,” and is also “liberated” from the narrative of “relentless expansion of individualistic autonomy.”

The professor is advocating for a new interpretation of the U.S. constitution, which he refers to as “common-good constitutionalism.”

“Such an approach,” wrote Vermeule, “should be based on the principles that government helps direct persons, associations, and society generally toward the common good, and that strong rule in the interest of attaining the common good is entirely legitimate.”

Who wants to bet that Prof Vermeule would go Level 10 Apoplectic if Government attempted to limit his 1st Amendment Right to free speech and take his property away? Then we have Charlie Warzel at the NY Times

Open States, Lots of Guns. America Is Paying a Heavy Price for Freedom.

(lots and lots of yammering on gun violence and Coronavirus deaths for lots and lots of paragraphs, we’re skipping to the end)

As in the gun control debate, public opinion, public health and the public good seem poised to lose out to a select set of personal freedoms. But it’s a child’s two-dimensional view of freedom — one where any suggestion of collective duty and responsibility for others become the chains of tyranny.

This idea of freedom is also an excuse to serve one’s self before others and a shield to hide from responsibility. In the gun rights fight, that freedom manifests in firearms falling into unstable hands. During a pandemic, that freedom manifests in rejections of masks, despite evidence to suggest they protect both the wearers and the people around them. It manifests in a rejection of public health by those who don’t believe their actions affect others.

In this narrow worldview, freedom has a price, in the form of an “acceptable” number of human lives lost. It’s a price that will be calculated and then set by a select few. The rest of us merely pay it.

Damned freedom! I recommend the government look to restrict Freedom of the Press, just a threat, and see how the leftist press which doesn’t seem happy that Other People have freedom, reacts. I’m betting, again, Level 10 Apoplexy, denunciations of Fascism and tyranny. And not a shred of self-awareness that they’re fine with taking freedom from Other People, but not themselves.

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6 Responses to “Using Bat Soup Virus, Liberals Aren’t Even Trying To Hide Their Anti-Freedom Beliefs”

  1. Dana says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    I recommend the government look to restrict Freedom of the Press, just a threat, and see how the leftist press which doesn’t seem happy that Other People have freedom, reacts.

    President Trump hasn’t moved to restrict the freedom of the press, but has simply challenged some media outlets as #FakeNews, claiming that some of what they publish is untrue, and the left are going absolutely ape!

  2. KlemDadidlehopper says:

    U.S. constitution have “now outlived its utility,” and that it is now time for the government to take a more centralized role in people’s lives.

    but of course that role MUST be leftist ideology and not Conservative Ideology.

    Guns bad. No guns good.

    Leftist demonstrations good, Right demonstrations bad.

    We know what he means. He is no doubt bought into the CHINESE MODEL of concentration camps and REEDUCATION CAMPS for the non believers.

    China’s tentacles are deep in this country, aided by 30 years of the USSR before to fundamentally change people’s thought processes without them even realizing it.

    50 center is the classic example. He doesn’t even realize hes a communist.

  3. Kye says:

    “U.S. constitution have “now outlived its utility,” and that it is now time for the government to take a more centralized role in people’s lives.”

    This clown sounds like he went to the Elwood P. Dowd School of History. Doesn’t this idiot realize that before the United States ALL governments had a centralized role in their people’s lives? That’s what Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, Franklin, John Jay , Adams and the rest of The Patriots were fighting against! They created a government that allowed people to take command of their own lives. No kings, no queens, no emperors, no dictators. No RULERS of any kind (including left-wing governors). The people determine their own destiny and they hold the power, not the Tyrants!

    What is it about LIBERTY you guys hate, Elwood?

    Trump 2020 Liberty is on our money and in our hearts. We Are Americans!

    • Dana says:

      Why were our ancestors even here? Because the King and Parliament oppressed everyone who wasn’t a good member of the Church of England.

      The English Bill of Rights of 1689? How about this provision:

      That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law

      If you were Catholic or, heaven forfend, Jewish, you had no rights to have arms for your defense, in a country wracked with religious strike, following the overthrow of King James II.

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