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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Free love is the direct enemy of freedom. It is the most obvious of all the bribes that can be offered by slavery."

Free love is the direct enemy of freedom. It is the most obvious of all the bribes that can be offered by slavery. In servile societies a vast amount of sexual laxity can go on in practice, and even in theory...the new Servile State would settle down into the sleepy resignation of the old Servile State; the old pagan repose in slavery, as it was before Christianity came to trouble and perplex the world with ideals of liberty and chivalry. One of the conveniences of that pagan world is that, below a certain level of society, nobody really need bother about pedigree or paternity at all. A new world began when slaves began to stand on their dignity as virgin martyrs. Christendom is the civilization that such martyrs made; and slavery is its returning enemy. But of all the bribes that the old pagan slavery can offer, this luxury and laxity is the strongest; nor do I deny that the influences desiring the degradation of human dignity have here chosen their instrument well.

-Fancies Versus Fads (1923)

2 comments:

coffee pot curve said...

Funny how they use the words free and love when neither freedom or love is gained.

Mike said...

So true. It is simply (as so many phrases used these days are) a euphemism.