We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Liberty is not a built in -- much less universal -- value, and I think you can see how this is a major part of understanding the motivations -- or shall we say, the deep structure -- of leftism. Classical liberals wonder why leftists don't value freedom, but they shouldn't.
Rather, the question is why we do value it, because it is an obvious aberration in the human race. Most humans value security over liberty, predictability over change, conformity over individuality, and authority over self-rule. So when we see that leftists hate freedom and progress but love authority and comformity, we shouldn't be the least bit surprised, for it is true of most rank-and-foul humans. Political correctness, statism, micromanagement of our lives -- these are all the natural consequences of a dread of liberty.
To finish up with Prager's thought, he noted that it was God who wanted humans to have freedom, not humans. For the vast majority of human beings, liberty is not a particularly important value, much less the most important one. They would just as soon barter it away for security, as they have done in western Europe.
Nora ____ e-mailed me earlier today; she was terse: "How do you sleep at night justifying policys [sic] that make incomes more unequal???"
My first response is to say "grow up." As long as Mr. Smith earns his income rather than steals it, Mr. Jones ought not care. Envy is an ugly sentiment, and becomes ghastly and dangerous whenever it is manifested in government policies.
Neoneocon has also covered Ohnesorg’s killing at a peaceful demonstration in West Berlin by a Stasi agent. Like you said, it was the shot that changed Germany. Had it been known at the time Ohnesorg's killer was not just a "fascist cop" but also an undercover Stasi agent, the outcome would have been considerably different.
"Are we ready for Men's Studies yet?" Newe Junkie, my friend. You imply that this is a finite course that one can take, at the end of which one will know everything important about men. Not true. It's a lifetime activity for intelligent women, ever fascinating, ever surprising, ever delightful. I'm still working on it, and have been for 81 years. I know, I know. I must be a slow learner. Not really. It's a huge topic, and a lot of fun to pursue. Which I will continue to do, until the Final Curtain closes on me. And so will all the other intelligent women around us.
Regarding healthy lifestyles: 1) We're all going to die of something, even if we live the lives that our health-Puritans demand. 2) I would like to live as actively and comfortably as I can until my turn comes so I generally follow a healthy lifestyle (BMI about 26 FWIW, meat usually once a day, well-cooked bacon on Sundays, moderate exercise). 3) Some of the claims made for healthy living require either a commitment I don't want to make (vegan diet) or a theoretical increase in lifespan that can't be documented, like 4 hours of aerobics per week vs 2 hours. I hit a website once that took my lifestyle information and suggested that I could gain 3 weeks out of 75 years by losing 10 lbs. Sure. 4) Offer me advice if you wish. Nag or coerce me and you've lost me.