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Sunday
May062012

Liberty vs Loyalty

 

...when he should speak of liberty, he speaks of loyalty. When he
should speak of the need for self-determination, he speaks of the
need for wisdom; the implication being that he is wise, and
his listeners are not. Where he should instill self-respect, he
instills respect for himself. I confess,” said the smooth, inhuman
voice, “I do not understand his effect upon human beings, his
charm; he seems to me a dangerous charlatan.”

Daniel Keys Moran, The Last Dancer

 

...an Artificial Intelligence discusses a self-styled leader wanting to unite and remove the United States from the Unification government of Earth with a human.

The full quote:

 

“The salient feature of America—the ways in which the original
American Republic was unique in human history to that point—lies
in the assumption that humans are wise enough to control their
own lives. I am not certain this is an accurate assumption; none-
theless it is a distinct one. Everything the Founding Fathers wrote
reflects this underlying assumption. They were without exception,
even those with religious leanings, strongly anti-Church, because
the Church tended to desire the control of the populace’s lives in
ways the Founding Fathers found abhorrent. They were strongly
pro-gun; guns made it possible for a citizen to protect himself from
encroachments upon his liberty, even by his own government. They
desired a free press because they believed that, in an intellectually
free environment, humans were wise enough to make decisions
that would, ultimately, be beneficial to the larger community.
“It is clear that this was the original intent of the United States;
to provide an environment in which citizens were allowed to make
free decisions about the details of their own lives.”
“What does this have to do with me?”
“’Sieur Obodi, when he should speak of liberty, speaks of loy-
alty. When he should speak of the need for self-determination, he
speaks of the need for wisdom; the implication being that he is
wise, and his listeners are not. Where he should instill self-respect,
he instills respect for himself. I confess,” said the smooth, inhuman
voice, “I do not understand his effect upon human beings, his
charm; he seems to me a dangerous charlatan.”

Daniel Keys Moran, The Last Dancer