I don’t think I’m overstepping my bounds by talking for all of us WaCK bloggers, but F#%} YOU Freedom Party.
This morning, I heard a story on NPR about Denmark’s “Freedom Party” who “wants to stop all Muslim immigration into the country” because “Islam is incompatible with Western values” like freedom. Although NPR failed to in any way criticize the hypocrisy of this party’s name, I was glad they brought this issue to attention.
Are some tenets of Islam (or Christianity or any other religion) contrary to individual freedoms? Yes. Does that mean a government should unilaterally inhibit the freedoms of an individual due to their beliefs, if they’re not coercing anyone else? No.
In my mind, this is a great example of Hayek’s “road to serfdom” concept. If you like cartoons and not books, below is an excellent video of a comic strip that pretty perfectly explains the thesis.
A quick interpretation might go like this: crisis happens in a country (like economic down turn in Denmark) >> people give power to government to fix problems (Denmark’s not exactly known as a small-government country, it’s pound-for-pound about as big as France’s government) >> problems worsen (as immigration rises, non-Muslim folks in Denmark have gotten angry about “losing jobs”) >> a strong figure needs to “take control” (say, a political party whose whole existence is to limit the freedoms of one group for the benefit of another).
p.s. I’ll throw a little wrench in here–Denmark was #8 in Heritages 2009 Index of Economic Freedom….