Freedom and discretion
Posted by pennywit on March 28, 2008
On my blog, I take aim at a recent column by Peter Hoekstra. On a broader note, I find it mildly disturbing that in the current political climate, we Americans focus excessively on rights, but we seldom take into account the corresponding responsibilities, or even ruminate on the perfectly resonable consequences of those rights. Avery Doninger, recently cited by Ron Coleman, is a prime example. When you call somebody by that kind of epithet in a public forum, you face consequences that flow from the exercise of that speech. And the student there disagrees.
Why is there so little focus on responsibility? Is this endemic to some sort of “rights culture” or an entitlement complex among the younger generation? Is it endemic to Americans? Or is it just people with not enough time on their hands?