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“The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.” – Alexander Hamilton
Hamilton wrote this in the context of the Quasi-War with France and the Barbary Wars against North African states. A nation unwilling to defend its rights and borders soon gets conquered by foreign states and ends up ruled from afar. Or, having paid the Dane-Geld, discovers they never get rid of the Dane.
But it also applies more broadly, especially to the cult of safetyism which has swept the county. The lockdowns and mask mandates of the last year demonstrate a preference to disgrace over the trivial danger of the Wuhan Flu. (And yes, its danger was trivial, especially to several hundred million US citizens under the age of 60. Its risks of fatality were largely limited to those over the age of 75. Even then death rates for those infected were far lower than historical epidemics, such as cholera, typhoid, and yellow fever.) We continue to torture our children with masks and social distancing when they are at almost no risk from the disease and seemingly acquire lifetime immunity if they contract the typically mild cases experienced below the age of 18.
You can never be too safe is a philosophy that leads to people ceding their rights to masters. Worse, it leads to ceding other people’s rights to masters. Yet it is far too prevalent in today’s United States. Unchecked, it will lead to tyranny. A tyranny, which as Hamilton put it, is deserved.Published in