Kurt on freedom


In his book Palm Sunday, Kurt Vonnegut wrote that American freedoms will disappear, as all freedoms disappear when men start to believe in lofty ideas such as divine and natural laws. Only human laws- constitutions- offer a bulwark against despots and I think he was right.

He said of adherents of natural law that it made the belief that the African is only fit for menial tasks and is inferior to his white companion allowing even Jefferson to have slaves of his own.

Seeing as the religious groups have so much influence in the US government, protections offered by human laws will get eroded over time and soon there will be nothing to stand on.

Maybe it is time to take a stand for human laws

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

22 thoughts on “Kurt on freedom

  1. Spot on. However, we’re moving away from such an idea in the US at warp speed. Donna/Donald Trump and her GOP minions have locked arms with evangelical christians to bring the idea of a secular government to its knees. It’s sickening to see.

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  2. jim- says:

    All mass movements eventually become what they despise. Look at religion in Nigeria as evidence.

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  3. Mordanicus says:

    What we need to preserve a free society, is active citizenship. Only if people actively participate in the institutions that govern society, we can achieve freedom.

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    • makagutu says:

      The evangelical groups are very active in their demands for theocracies. Being active citizens may not be enough

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      • Mordanicus says:

        Actually that is why non-evangelical people should become active citizens, to counter such demands.

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        • maryplumbago says:

          Yes, but they won’t. I see tons of apathy.

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          • basenjibrian says:

            The problem is…politics sucks. It is inevitably noisy and requires endless meetings and boring conversations with people who believe simply amazing things. People who are not full of passion, be it horrible (as in the US) or good, will usually not bother all that much. They have lives to live, of course.

            I had an awful conversation (via text…which never helps) with my own brother this afternoon. I honestly did not realize how off the deep end he had dived. He started spouting crazy talk radio stuff. As soon as I hear “Antifa” and “Soros” I know further conversation is…hopeless.

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          • Mordanicus says:

            Yes, apathy is indeed a major issue.

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  4. jilldennison says:

    Way past time … we are moving backward and about half the people in this nation don’t even bother to care. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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