Robert Lewis Dabney
Robert Lewis Dabney (March 5, 1820 – January 3, 1898) was an American Christian theologian, Southern Presbyterian pastor, Confederate States Army chaplain, and architect. He was also chief of staff and biographer to Stonewall Jackson. His biography of Jackson remains in print today.
Read his booklet on education here.
Today, March 1st, is supposed to be a day of new freedoms in Ontario. These freedoms are being “given” by a government and bureaucracy that has no authority to give, let alone remove them, in the first place.
I propose that March first become a day of memory, a day to remember the loss of so much that will not soon be reclaimed. It should also be a day to remind those who did this to us:
- The loss of faith to fear.
- The loss of family
- The loss of choice due to the loss of bodily autonomy
- The loss of life to a treatable disease
- The loss of life due to medical interventions that were inappropriate, unnecessary, and politically driven
- The loss of life due to needlessly cancelled surgeries
- The loss of free expression and thought
- The loss of freedom to travel
- The loss of freedom to gather with others
- The loss of grandparents
- The loss of God-given freedoms and liberties
- The loss of trust and respect of science
- The lost of what remained of trust in journalism
- The loss of integrity in law and political process
- The loss of community
- The loss of employment
- The loss of homes
- The loss of education and career opportunities
- The loss of confidence in critical thinking
- The loss of respect of law enforcement
- The loss of the church’s obedience to Christ and witness in the community
- The loss of the elderly of the children
- The loss of children of their elders
- The loss of truth
- The loss of well-being: mental, physical, spiritual, and social
- The loss of hope
- The loss of kindness
It should also be a time to remember the gains:
- The gain of wealth by a few at the expense of millions
- The gain of power and control over the story of the past two years by a tiny minority
- The gain of State authority over every detail of life
- The gain of the power of lies
- The gain of drug abuse
- The gain of suicide
- The gain of abuse
I intend to mark the names of politicians and bureaucrats who have inflicted this upon the citizens of Ontario without consequence to themselves. I will send this email each March to each one of them every year.
“The younger generation of today has grown up in a world in which in school and press the spirit of commercial enterprise has been represented as disreputable and the making of profit as immoral, where to employ a hundred people is represented as exploitation but to command the same number as honorable. Older people may regard this as an exaggeration of the present state of affairs, but the daily experience of the university teacher leaves little doubt that, as a result of anticapitalist propaganda, values have already altered far in advance of the change in institutions which has so far taken place. The question is whether, by changing our institutions to satisfy the new demands, we shall not unwittingly destroy values which we still rate higher.
Hayek, F. A.. The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents–The Definitive Edition: Text and Documents–The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2) (p. 155). University of Chicago Press. Kindle Edition.