Daily Archives: October 14, 2006

Extremism is always a vice!

We’re watching a film right now, called Mr. Conservative. It’s a documentary about Barry Goldwater made by his granddaughter. Goldwater is a fascinating character and had some really interesting and apparently contradictory views. He was very much pro-choice and stated publicly that there is nothing wrong with having gays in the military. On the other hand he was vehemently opposed to the 1964 Civil Rights act. During his 1964 republican convention speech, he made the statement “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”. This is absolutely wrong. Extremism is always wrong regardless of the direction it comes from. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from the right or left, from christians or muslims. Extremism is wrong and will almost inevitably, create trouble. Just look at what has happened in the last six years. We have had probably the most extremist government in the last 100 years and we are now in deep trouble. Extremism is wrong.