Monday, 20 March 2017

"Rid him of freedom": We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

“When the velocity of the aero = 0, it doesn’t move; when the freedom of a person = 0, he doesn’t commit crime. This is clear. The sole means of ridding man of crime is to rid him of freedom.”
We can trace the roots of every malodorous ‘ism’ of the twentieth century, each and every wave of new morality, every arrogant blueprint designed to refashion us into better men, to this equation. Communism, socialism, feminism, Islamism, orientalism – the list goes on; each one is premised on ridding man of crime – the crime of wanting more, thinking differently, behaving or speaking wrongly, having faith in God’s plan for man. And it does so by ridding him of the freedom to act, think or speak. 

Every institution and movement babbling about social justice, from the illiberal arts to BLM, from Hollywood to fake news, is governed by Zamyatin’s Law.

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