Thursday, May 15, 2008

No Land Grab On the Brooklyn Public Libary, Me On Burke

No land Grab writes::

CURIOUSER: Brooklyn Public Library

This week, there's a raging debate at Gowanus Lounge over the suitability and propriety of adults viewing online porn at the Brooklyn Public Library. Some claim that public viewing of porn is creepy and shouldn't be condoned in a public institution frequented by children, while others champion citizens' First Amendment right to access all available media.

The Brooklyn Public Library addressed the issue by releasing a statment to Gowanus Lounge which included the following:

While some topics and content may be unpopular it is our job not to judge, just to provide.

We find it curious that this is the same Brooklyn Public Library that rejected several works of art from the Atlantic Yards Footprints Exhibit due to the controversial content.

No one really thinks that the above photos, taken by NoLandGrab contributor Amy Greer, are more controversial than public viewing of online porn. Granted, the library isn't launching an exhibition of porn, but the public institution ought to recognize that they make judgments every day about appropriate content.

It's ironic that the same library that appeared so nervous about the Atlantic Yards controversy can display principled confidence while addressing the great online porn debate, which will surely rage on as Atlantic Yards opponents continue to grind their teeth to the sounds of Bruce Ratner's demolition of the Footprint.

We on the old right are not suprised:
Burke vs. Reason
by Kevin Michael Grace | Jan 18, 2004

Reason believes that the world has become "groovier" since 1968, the year of that magazine's founding. Not merely "groovier," mind you, but "groovier and groovier." In celebration, it has nominated "35 heroes of freedom," freedom apparently being synonymous with grooviness. This list, and the reasons given for the selection of the "heroes" therein is sufficient to persuade me that modern libertarianism, at least as exemplified by Reason magazine, is not a philosophy suitable for adults.

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

Edmund Burke

Get it? we increase 'sexual freedom' and anything which continues to tear at the fabric of the West, like the elephant dung virgin Mary paintings sponsored, with glee by the Brooklyn Museum, - anything that dumbs down people, or makes them more licentious - because such a society is easier to control. On the other hand, all across the west, while we border on child pornography as 'freedom of expression" in Candada, most of Europe, and defacto in the US you can be put on trial for being politically incorrect. So while Reason tells us how wonderful it is that performance artists can masturbate in public, or that people have the 'right' to view online porn in a public library - increasingly, relevant books are taken off the shelves, authors attacked (in the US it is common for conservative speakers on college campuses to be assaulted and the students not charged), while people become increasingly unfit to govern themselves.

We all know, by now, that the Brooklyn Museum, for example can degrade Catholic imagery and be glorfied as 'daring' by, say the New York Times, and for example, if something similar were done about, say the Holocaust, not only would the 'artist' work not see the light of day, but there is a good chance, at least in Europe the 'artist' would be thrown in jail.

That's where this 'groovy' society that the Reason champions ( the flattery of knaves) over a truly healthy democracy - the conditions for which are increasingly vanishing in our 'groovy' globalist world.

That's what 'liberals' and libertarians don't seem to get.

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