Friday, September 16, 2016

A Voice from the Past - Lewis

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would 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.

C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963, God in the Dock, The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment, (William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1970, p. 292).

Is this so? How should it affect our approach to political action?

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