Without Authority, There Is No Freedom

Aug 11, 2020 by

by Donald Demarco, Crisis Magazine:

Dr. Ben Carson offers some badly needed wisdom when he speaks about the vandalism, looting, and other forms of anti-social behavior that seem to be escalating in the United States. The remedy to the problem, he states, lies within the family. Unfortunately, “it is almost politically incorrect to talk about family values,” he told Fox News on July 15. He cites the fact that so many young people grow up in today’s society without a father figure, someone to teach them to think of the welfare of others.

Dr. Carson should be taken seriously. The concept of the family, given the influence of the LGBTQ movement and other organizations that demean the nuclear family, has become nebulous and undefinable. On the Black Lives Matter website, we read that its members “foster a queer-affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).”

Political correctness is both a major cause of the current problem as well as a preventative for its solution. It is arbitrary, inconsistent, ideological, and heartless. In his book From Dawn to Decadence, scholar Jacques Barzun has remarked that “the working of ‘political correctness’ in universities and the speech police that punishes persons and corporations for words on certain topics quaintly called ‘sensitive’ are manifestations of the permanent spirit of the inquisition.” There is no forgiveness for those who violate the canons of political correctness.

I would like to elaborate on Dr. Carson’s point. Study after study indicates the importance of the father in teaching his child respect for authority. Saint Thomas Aquinas makes a very important point when he states that the respect that one has for the rule follows naturally from respect that one has for the one who gave it (ex reverentia praecipientis procedere debet reverentia praecepti).

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