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What An Authoritarian Sounds Like

Wednesday, March 21, 2007
"We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do."

Who said that? Rudy Giuliani circa 1994 (via Andrew Sullivan). Man, I thought I was kidding when I said he ran New York like a fascist regime.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 2:17 PM
  • Glad to see Sully's catching on. Rudy was the mayor who tried to shut down an art exhibit he didn't like (entirely on the advice of fools like William Donahue), tried doggedly to ban New York Magazine's subway ads when they gently made fun of him, and tried to exploit 9/11 to extend his term in office.

    The man is an authoritarian, no doubt about it. Of course, that's what many of his supporters like about him. Oh, yeah, It Can Happen Here.

    By Blogger Paul, at 2:40 PM  
  • Hey, do you remember when the Republicans were the party of "freedom from the government."

    Sounds pretty funny now, doesn't it?

    By Blogger Arbitrista, at 3:16 PM  
  • Well, you're still perfectly free to drown in a flood. So there's that.

    By Blogger Paul, at 3:55 PM  
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