While free societies often descend into tyranny because of the choices they make, the people never actually choose tyranny. Instead, demagogues and ideologues promising freedom, equality, and wealth lead them to it. Today, politicians promise the right to high quality education, the right to free or affordable health care and housing, and many more so-called rights. These are not genuine rights. They are benefits at the expense of others. The rights to private property, free speech, and freedom of religion are true rights because they have no cost.
—The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society’s Descent into Tyranny (Michael E. Newton)
“The judgments that Liberals render on public issues, domestic and foreign, are as predictable as the salivation of Pavlovian dogs”, wrote James Burnham in his 1964 classic Suicide of the West. Burnham continues, “Modern Liberalism does not offer ordinary men compelling motives for personal sacrifice, suffering, and death. There is no tragic dimension in its picture of the good life. Men become willing to endure, sacrifice, and die for God, for family, honor, country, from a sense of absolute duty or an exalted vision of the meaning of history…And it is preceisley these ideas and institutions that Liberalism has criticized, attacked, and in part overthrown as superstitious, archaic, reactionary, and irrational.”