The Limits of Politics

Tom Flynn’s editorial “The Left Is Not Always Right” (FI, October/November 2013) was a breath of fresh air. I’m tired of reading in Free Inquiry about the need for freethinkers to pursue a progressive agenda (mostly promoted by the late Paul Kurtz). Kurtz was able to see through the different religious systems and realize that they were not realistic. Why couldn’t he see that world government, big government, and guided rule by “our betters” would suffer from fatal flaws as well? Politics involves people—fallible people. Politicians get where they are because they are ambitious, aggressive, and often ruthless. An individual’s rights are not going to be protected from them without strong safeguards.

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