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As for the Not-So-Fine Nobel War Prize

Roderick Long has written a spot-on critique of the acceptance speech by the undeserving winner of the Nobel Prize Peace this year.  “The Atrocity of Hope” captures the flavor, but the details are well worth reading and remembering.  It has frequently been suggested that Obama won the prize merely for not being George W. Bush.  Unfortunately, it turns out that he is.


Written by Less

December 12, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Posted in Collective defense

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  1. This is a great review of the speech. What I’d like to know is how the Danish, Norwgian, and Dutch people were engergized to stand up fascism even with the threat of jail.


    December 17, 2009 at 10:09 am

  2. Actually, it starts with me, right? I should stop paying taxes and then shout it frequently and loudly (not literally ofcourse) to everyone else to ecnourage others.


    December 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

  3. I think there was a sense of solidarity that came from the shared belief that the foreign aggressor was illegitimate, and people were more comfortable openly opposing the Nazis when all their neighbors were doing so at the same time. Social proof is important when trying to influence people. That’s one reason it brings a free society closer every time another person says they’re an anarchist, even if they do nothing more than that.

    I would never tell someone else whether or not they should risk civil disobedience. I do believe that the main goal right now must be educational: in my view, the best model is the manner in which Quakers and others ended slavery throughout the British Empire without any meaningful violence on the part of the abolitionists, or even much civil disobedience.

    It is wrong for one person to own another. That message was accepted around the world in the 19th century. It is wrong for one person to own another, even if the owner is a government official. That’s the message to be spread around the world in the 21st century.


    December 18, 2009 at 2:15 am

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