Friday, February 28, 2020

Religion, Free Press Vital for Preserving Liberal Democracy Against Socialism, Progressivism: Barr

By Janita Kan February 27, 2020

Attorney General William Barr warned that a “strain of progressivism” that has emerged over the last few decades is moving America away from the liberal democracy envisioned by our Founding Fathers, adding that the remedy for this is by protecting religious freedom, free press, and the decentralization of government power.

Barr expressed his concerns over the recent push of progressivism that subscribes to the philosophy that demands the use of “coercive power of the state to remake man and society.” He said this movement has become increasingly militant and totalitarian in style as they go about changing society.

These progressives, he said, seek power through the democratic process to advance their policy agendas, which he describes as having become more “aggressively collectivist, socialist, and explicitly revolutionary.” He said the goal of this progressive program is to use public money to provide benefits to the public in order to build a constituency of supporters who would eventually become dependents.........

Barr said although the Founding Fathers had envisioned that religion and government should be separate spheres, they were strong believers that religion was “indispensable to sustaining our free system of government,” while quoting Alexis de Tocqueville, a political scientist and historian who chronicled America’s democratic republic in the 1800s. He believed religion was “democracy’s most powerful antidote to any tendency toward a tyrannical majority hijacking the system for despotic ends.”..................To Read More.....

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