Great article, I was just listening to a Peter Hitchens interview in which he said, along the lines of your concluding comments,

Once you have decided, people are malleable, rather than have been created uniquely by God, then you can seek to change him. The belief that people are not created by God is a licence for a type of politics and type of action that would otherwise be impossible. This belief utopia is possible, people can be changed to suit the kind of society that I want. This is why atheism and Marxist utopianism march hand in hand.

Also made me think of,

“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.

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Thanks, good point! I remember Peter Hitchens saying during Covid that people are told what to think not how to think, and that governments have a hard time controlling the fear that they’re responsible of spreading.

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