Daily Catholic Quote from C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” (C. S. Lewis, The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment)

NB: C.S. Lewis was an Anglican, although many of his insights were profoundly Catholic.

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  1. His comments & commentaries are as valid today as when he was penning them. He was very aware that history teaches all who dare study it that mankind’s dictators and tyrants motives never change, only their names do in fact and in form. Pace e Bene

  2. The tyranny of liberalism is exactly this. It is really trying to create the total state that Jesus says is impossible in this world: “And he said unto them, Then render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:25).
    This total state is what liberalism is really reaching for. It seeks to unite all members of society in a self-made state of ecstasy that aims towards all being part of a giant “mind” that is, really, a substitute for God. This is the logic of what Rousseau started and John Stuart Mill refined. It is the logical extension of liberal yearnings. The one sin in a liberal state is intolerance, because it prevents some from being part of this unholy aim.

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