No matter how smart a person may be and whether you agree with him or not, one can always learn something from Dr. RJ Rummel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science (University of Hawaii). If you don't read his blog, you are missing something and subsequently, you must ask yourself, why?
I can peruse his works many times over and glean something new that I may have missed, while I was thinking of something else, he inspired me to think about.
He has recently penned an article that is worthy of some thought and consideration. It deals with motives, intentions, attitudes, and to some degree behaviors. It is a well-thought out argument that carries a lot of merit, in my opinion.
See what you think. But before you do, think about this:
It is imperative to know and understand something: Relative freedom is a basic set of rights, the individual has a right to expect. As long as the exercising of my rights does not infringe on the rights of another, I should be allowed to do it.
To be treated fairly and to be left alone to determine your own course in life (all within the bounds of the law), is something we have lost in increments over time. Government takes a little here and a little there, usually in response to some group calling for an outcry on something they think can be prevented by a new law or higher tax. And then without many noticing it, we lose it. When that happens, we rarely get it back.
In relation to the way other governments treat their citizens, one still has to be thankful we do not live in places that have very little freedom (if any at all). Putting this into perspective is very important, when forming an opinion about a given topic. So, in that respect, we have more freedom than many. But when I read about the republic the founding fathers gave birth to, I wonder where it went.
Anyway, check out Dr. Rummel's post. Maybe you can pick something up from it, as I always seem to do, when I read him.