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The Poison of Subjectivism

June 12, 2013

If “good” means only the local ideology, how can those who invent the local ideology be guided by any idea of good themselves? The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his creation.

Unless we return to the crude and nursery-like belief in objective values, we perish. If we do, we may live, and such a return might have one minor advantage. If we believed in the absolute reality of elementary moral platitudes, we should value those who solicit our votes by other standards than have recently been in fashion. While we believe that good is something to be invented, we demand of our rulers such qualities as “vision,” “dynamism,” “creativity,” and the like. If we returned to the objective view we should demand qualities much rarer, and much more beneficial – virtue, knowledge, diligence and skill.

The Poison of Subjectivism, C.S. Lewis

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If man is the highest, is his own creator, then good and evil is decided by majority vote

September 26, 2009

If man is the highest, is his own creator, then good and evil is decided by majority vote.

William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies

Democracy

October 3, 2008

Nevertheless I am an enthusiast for democracy. And I take that position, not because I believe majority opinion is inevitably right or true – indeed no majority can take away God-given human rights – but because I believe it most effectively safeguards the value of the individual, and, more than any other system, restrains the abuse of power by the few. And that is a Christian concept. Margaret Thatcher

These remarks are taken from a transcript of Margaret Thatcher’s May, 1988 speech to the Church of Scotland, reprinted in BIBLICAL ECONOMICS TODAY by the Institute for Christian Economics, and made available by the Modern History Sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1988thatcher.html