“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”Hat Tip: Between Two Worlds
—C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock, p. 292.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Omnipotent Moral Busybodies
Here's a C.S. Lewis quote that is extremely relevant in the social and political environment of America in 2009: