7/07/2011

A pair of fantastic articles by Anthony Gregory

Anthony Gregory over at The Independent Institute has really put out some phenomenal articles in recent weeks. Here are two of my favorites:

Innocent Until Proven Guilty An excerpt:
An ethical code that countenances incarceration of the innocent, even in a slim minority of cases, is no bulwark whatever against the ghastliest of institutional oppressions. A people who are not profoundly and unwaveringly outraged by the false incarceration of even a single soul are unfit to be a free people. It is often said that it’s better to let ten guilty people free than leave one innocent man behind bars. The ratio should be much higher, for it is metaphysically possible for the guilty to find justice outside of the U.S. legal system, but it is impossible for the innocent to find it within. Thus is the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” of unparalleled importance. There is no word adequate to describe how unacceptable it should be to a civilized people to see an innocent man caged. Every single legal bias should be given to ensure that the prosecution proves beyond a reasonable doubt that a person committed the crime before he be deprived of his liberty or life. If the standard is any lower than that, the prosecution will not only convict innocents in the courtroom, but use the threat of false conviction to obtain plea bargains that unfairly rob the innocent of their freedom.


Why The Left Fears Libertarianism An excerpt for what may be one of the very best articles I've ever read on this topic of the Left's reaction to Libertarianism:
But libertarianism, however weak its influence today, is a much greater long-term threat to the left than is any form of conservatism, and the leftist intellectuals sense this even if they can’t articulate why. Leftism, whether they know it or not, is a distorted permutation of the classical liberal tradition. The statist left did their deal with the devil – the nation-state, centralized authority of the most rapacious kind – supposedly with the goal of expediting the liberation of the common man and leveling the playing field. More than a century since the progressives and socialists twisted liberalism into an anti-liberty, pro-state ideology, they see that they have made a huge mess of the world, that, as they themselves complain, social inequality persists, corporatism flourishes, and wars rage on. As the chief political architects of the 20th century in the West, they have no one to blame but themselves, and so they target us – the true liberals, the ones who never let go of authentic liberal idealism, love of the individual dignity and rights of every man, woman and child, regardless of nationality or class, and hatred of state violence and coercive authoritarianism in all its forms.

The Independent Institute in general does very high quality work. I would highly recommend checking out their website. Their award-winning quarterly journal, The Independent Review is absolutely fantastic as well. I've been a subscriber for the past two years and could not be happier. The really nice thing about their journal (in addition to the remarkable consistency in which they produce high quality work) is that the articles and views contained within are from a very diverse group of minds. There is no one viewpoint imposed upon the reader, and in fact I have oftentimes found myself learning greatly from those whose worldviews different quite radically from my own.

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