Tuesday, January 03, 2006

C. S. Lewis: Libertarian?
Perhaps so, according to R. Andrew Newman.

That may be clear to those who've read the books, but unfortunately libertarian themes don't come through in the film. If you want to see a good, recent libertarian movie, you gotta see Serenity. Or heck, watch the entire TV series. As Mal, Serenity's captain, says:
Sure as I know anything I know this, [the big, bad government] will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people...better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave.
Right on! Compare that to a passage Newman quotes in his piece on Lewis (emphasis mine):
In an essay that deserves to be better known, "Is Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare State," Lewis argued that the state no longer exists to "protect our rights but to do us good or make us good — anyway, to do something to us or to make us something. Hence the new name 'leaders' for those who were once 'rulers.' We are less their subjects than their wards, pupils, or domestic animals. There is nothing left of which we can say to them, 'Mind your own business.' Our whole lives are their business."
Hmmmm...makes me wonder if Joss Whedon reads Lewis.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jesse said...

Perhaps. His wife (whom he initially married to help her attain British citizenship) was credited as being one of the few intellectual equals to Lewis. Before reading his books, she was an Ahiest-Jewish-Communist (is that possible?). After reading Lewis she converted to Christianity. Not sure how she would be about Libertarianism, but I am curious how she influenced Lewis' thinking on Gov't. Most of what I have read gives me the impression that Lewis was very much a fan of smaller gov't (and this is in light of all the railing that "Ecumenical" Christians do to try to champion him for socialism).

I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I still haven't seen Firefly or Serenity, but I MUST! Now that studies have slowed, I will try to get my hands on it.

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