The Rights of Adults

Glenn Greenwald, who has written extensively on the authoritarian actions of this current administration, says the following in an article today at Salon:

“…the Democrats have the chance to become the party that stands for the right of adults to make decisions about their own lives free of moralistic governmental interference and regulation. Those who cast their votes based principally on such libertarian sentiments — driven by the belief that the government should, to the greatest extent possible, stay out of their lives — will view the Democratic Party as the far more attractive choice.” [emphasis added]

This is an important aspect of formulating a coherent non-authoritarian approach to politics – framing it in terms that anyone can understand. “The right of adults to make decisions about their own lives” is about as simple as you can get, and it is not a reduction of the philosophy but rather an accurate distillation of it. Using speech that can be understood for what it is – and is appealing in its message – is key to developing a more responsible and effective discourse and, in this case, key to making a positive case for the furthering of our basic rights.


5 Responses to The Rights of Adults

  1. J says:

    Interesting. I’m not sure, though, it’s smart politically. The American people seem to like big government and the nanny state.

  2. postrealism says:

    This isn’t about “smart” – it’s about developing an actual political discourse, where choices are offered in how to order a society. It’s pretty clear (to me, at any rate), that one of the emerging political visions in this country is of a surveillance/police state, and I believe it’s imperative to support and develop an alternate vision. The best way of doing that is by establishing clear contrasts, not by splitting the difference or positioning for short-term political gain or popularity.

  3. J says:

    I think you’re right. What can I do?

  4. J says:

    BTW – I just ran across “the surveillance society” on another blog. He’s the high-powered brain type. You might have better luck with the material than I am.

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    Sandra Breekin

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