The moral trap – in economics it’s called moral hazard. That is exactly what Louis Black promotes in his recent “Page Two
” piece [April 25]. The ultimate mystery is that he continues to cling to this ethical confusion. As a result he plays a significant role in retarding the perpetuation of liberty and its primary guardians – the American people.
His final paragraph says it all. While profound issues such as “truth” are “always open to discussion,” Louis regularly denies or ignores that there are, in fact, immutable moral truths. His pronouncement that there is “a distinction between outside reality and personal opinions and beliefs” clearly reveals his gross misunderstanding.
History has shown that the reality of moral enlightenment is just that – reality! The ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans were among the initial social pioneers who started this process of mass realization. Their seminal epiphanies of discovering the vile dangers of moral ignorance, envy, and hubris and lauding the virtues of individual accountability, mutual free and fair association, gratitude, and humility have proven eternally prescient in determining either profound happiness or abject misery. Indeed, the wages of the dark side are clear; pure models are the genocidal horrors of Nazism and communism. Conversely, humanity flowers when those malevolent tendencies are condemned, and freedom, resulting from adhering to the ancient moral virtues, reigns.
Today there is a new crop denying these facts. The worst are Islamist zealots advocating genocidal theocratic tyranny. And the best are the former’s enablers. Everyone must decide which orbit they occupy; facilitating despotic Islamist evil by denying moral certitude and accountability or overtly condemning it as immorally damned. Granted, this existential recognition takes courage. But once the audacity of moral clarity is applied the correct position is obvious. Even Louis and his prattling Democrat colleagues must recognize this.