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Evil on the Loose


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  • Jun. 27, 2022 - 5:21 PM

Evil on the Loose

Lawrence W. Reed, a resident of Newnan, is president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education. His most recent book is “Was Jesus a Socialist?” He can be reached at lreed@fee.org.

To a sensible citizen, the world seems to make less and less sense with each passing day.

Values we once widely cherished, that bound us together in a vibrant civil society, face daily bombardment.

Offensive things are routinely said and done today in ways intended to inflame, denigrate and divide.

Freedoms we took for granted—freedoms of thought, speech, press, religion—are fading fast as intrusive government and cancel culture gain ground.

“Orwellian” is no longer just an adjective derived from a work of fiction more than seven decades ago; it describes some new development in our lives every day. History itself is being rewritten to serve the “progressive” political agenda.

Examples: Slavery is America’s singular defining characteristic. Which of 87+ genders you are depends on how you choose to “identify” today. Killing babies up to the moment of birth is OK but giving them school choice later is anti-social. A welfare check is an entitlement, but a paycheck is not. It’s “free” if it’s from the government. Violence is alright if it gets us what we want. Some say these things are just stupid; I think there’s something much deeper going on.

Is the world going mad or is it just you, or just me? Your senses are not deceiving you; the world indeed is going mad, right before our eyes.

Evil is on the loose. Do not be depressed by this fact, for a defeatist spirit will fatally disarm you, and that is precisely what Evil wants. The last thing Evil desires is an informed citizenry eager to push back. It is not inevitable that Evil should win—unless good people give up.

Sometimes Evil is manifested in an act so horrible no one can excuse it, such as a school shooting. Then Evil goes to work to get people to ignore real causes and support fake solutions, like disarming the innocent.

The essence of the Evil we battle is deception, and its mortal enemy is truth. It wants us to believe the myth that everyone is either a victim or an oppressor, that individual freedom must be snuffed out in favor of collectivist socialism and its authoritarianism. It’s profoundly reactionary and pessimistic.

Evil urges us to reject a belief in God while it elevates the State to the status of a God. This is a deception as old as the Tower of Babel. It has destroyed one nation after another.

In a June 2018 article at HackSpirit.com, Lachlan Brown identified the traits of evil people. They revel in the misfortune of others. They need to control and manipulate people. They lie, conceal their real selves, and “leave you with a weird feeling when you’re around them.” They’re mean, show no remorse, and evade responsibility for their actions. They crave power.

An evil person believes his ends justify any means. He divides the world between villains and victims and sees himself as a savior. He steals, injures, maligns, deceives, and deconstructs whatever stands in his way. He accuses the innocent of the very crimes he commits himself.

Remember the wisdom of Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of Evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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Lawrence W. Reed, a resident of Newnan, is president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education. His most recent book is “Was Jesus a Socialist?” He can be reached at lreed@fee.org.